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>> hello and welcome to al jazeera. i'm tony harris in new york. our top stories:the senate moves forward on a bill that could avert a shutdown and keep the government running until november 15th. as world leaders debate u.n. general assembly, on the sides lines weapons inspectors return to syria. an earthquake shakes sudden pakistan killing hundreds. the effect so massive it creates a small island.
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>> the senate started debate a bill that would avert a partial government shutdown. it took place after senator ted cruz ended a long speech. here is how he wrapped up after more than 21 hours on the senate floor. >> the frustration that the united states senate does not listen to the people. i would call on all 46 republicans to unite. to stand together and to vote against closure on the bill on friday or saturday because otherwise if we vote with the majority leader and with the senate drams we will be voting to allow the majority leader to fund obamacare on a straight party line vote. the american people will understand that, and voting to give that power to the majority leader i suggest is not
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consistent with what i believe the heartfelt commitment of all 46 members of this conference to oppose obamacare. >> while several of cruz's colleagues took part it was techily not a filibuster since it didn't delay any senate business. an hour after he ended his speech the senate voted to vote on the bill that would avoid government shut down but avoid funding the obama healthcare. now that the debate is underway again, what's next? >> reporter: you're such a purist. i notice how you didn't call it a filibuster there, and most people would agree with you. whatever it was, it was a very long speech beginning yesterday going through the night and ending at noon. going 21 hours for ted cruz puts
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him in fifth place in terms of the longest speeches in the senate. many are asking to what end did ted cruz see this speech? a lot people see this as a thrilpolitical angle. rand pal, marco rubio joined him in this effort. and if the senate procedure isn't bewildering enough for you, yes, in the end they voted to move forward after that marathon of ted cruz and his compatriots mike lee of utah chief among them. we've taken this vote, that means we're moving forward on the house bill. the house bill linked to the defunding of obamacare to defunding the government beginning october 1st. there willethere will be more t. but at some point along harry reid the democratic leader has the votes.
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he'll put forward the measure to dedouble that. dedouble--decouple that, and then take it back to the house. that's when we'll see a government shutdown or not. >> that was very well done. i understand every bit of that. so here is the next question. how long is this phase that we're in now, this phase of the debate expected to last? >> reporter: probably until the weekend. i mean, the senate being what it is you never really know. they could all have a halleluiah moment, and decide there is no reason to move forward. the weekends tend to provoke that in the senators. now that ted cruz has had his say and then some for 21 hours, that is a possibility. tony, as i mentioned what is john boehner going to do? there is talk that he'll bring the house back in session on monday and delay an individual mandate part of obamacare that
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republicans don't like. i was at the white house and i had an opportunity to ask jay carney if that was a veto or not. jay carney said absolutely. no end to the healthcare law. well done, mike viqueira. i understand every bit of that. syria took center stage on the second day of the u.n. generalcy systembly session. they met to talk about a resolution to eliminate syria's chemical weapons stock pile. it takes place as world leaders continue their turn at the podium. we turn to john terret at the united nations. john, it's the meeting that everyone is really anticipating, isn't it? give us a read out of what really happened. >> reporter: i thought mike viqueira did very well as well, now we're talking about the adjustment adjustmenunited nati.
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look, they had a launch together, they gave him a lunch with the other four members of the security council, and they all agreed over lunch that they would only talk about syria, and that's what they did. they talked about a mechanism about the prohibition of chemical weapons and timing of other issues, going in there and sorting exactly what kind of chemical tomorro weapons stock s bashar al-assad really has. you were right when you said u.n. weapon inspectors were going to syria, they are there. they and others could well end up being the collectors of bashar al-assad's chemical weapons stock pile if they get the green light if they get the organization for oh prohibition of chemical weapons and united nations. >> tomorrow will be, john, another big day.
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secretary kerry will meet with iran's foreign minister. what are we expecting from that important meeting? >> reporter: well, it is important. and it overshadows the presidents now because obama andrea thanandrouhani did not m. they were offered to meet in the sidelines and rouhani said no. now this is hugely important that the secretary of state should sit down with the foreign minister. william hague tells al jazeera that he is hopeful there could be a resolution on the table quite soon, quite soon that follows last night encounter of two senior members that they were hopeful to have a resolution on the table by
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friday. it's important to have a resolution on syria's chemical weapons because the agreement between america and russia is only a framework and the ability to do that is through an u.n. security council resolution. >> how will this potentially complicate the situation in syria? >> reporter: well, how long have you got? do we have the next 30 minutes? >> we've got time. >> reporter: this is the arms trade treaty. the world has tried twice to do this. they failed the first time. it was too close to the american presidential election. now they managed to put it off to april. and now john kerry signed the u.s.' name to that treaty. and what it will do is in theory will bring the rest of the world to u.s. and congressional standards when it comes to giving arms, anything from handguns to battle tanks to aircraft to fighters around the world overthrowing regime, that
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sort of thing. that is a good thing. but there is a very big "if" because for it to be ratified they need 50 countries to ratify it. they've only got four and then it's a 90-day process before it's international law any way. they've signed this treaty. it's very good in theory, but we're a long way off from seeing it become international law. and so often in international diplomacy, that's the problem. >> john terrett. as john just mentioned. al jazeera sat down with william hague to talk about syrian chemical weapons. >> if had that number of people, and they weren't killed by chemical weapons, killed perhaps by a gunman, the punishment would not be to take away his
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gun, would it? >> well look, we've got a war in which more than a hundred thousand people have died. some of them tragically by chemical weapons, but people are dying of every other kind of attack and torture, and abuse. and we haven't been able to resolve that, no. >> where is the punishment for that act that you say assad committed? >> i've often been an advocate we need to deter these things, deal with the assad regime. but our efforts to do that in the security council have always been blocked by russia, china, resolution versus been vetoed. as you know we're trying to work with the international community to do what we can to give humanitarian assistance, stabilize neighboring countries, and now to remove the chemical weapons. at least if we can ensure that the chemical weapons are remov removed, truly removed, then the outrage that we saw on the
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21st of august could not happen again. >> meanwhile a defection of sorts in syria, 13 rebel groups say they don't recognize the syrian national coalition. this happens as several syrian national coalition members are in new york asking for support against the assad regime. >> the announcement of groups and brigades could not have come at a worst timing. it highlights the disconnect and division between the various syrian opposition. on the one hand, the politicia politicians, dissidents in exile versus the rebels on the ground. the rebels on the grounds have expressed frustration that these politicians have not extended enough support to them, they do in the represent them. and now they're completely dissociating themselves from them and they want to push ahead
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with the establishment of an islamic front to represent islamic sharia in syria. a terrible timing for the community which are guide tryino bring together the syrian opposition and the syrian government. of course, with the rebels now not recognizing their opposition entity there is a big question mark as to who exactly will represent the syrian opposition at the peace conference if and when it happens. again, a big blow to the credibility of the syrian opposition. >> in pakistan the death toll is rapidly climbing following a deadly earthquake. the 7.7 magnitude quake shook the southwest coast of pakistan, the worst hit area is the balochistan area. many houses have been destroyed,
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communication has been cut off to some of the hardest hit are areas. pakistani military said the quake was so powerful that it created a small island. construction equipment is joining a massive highway rebuilding. eight people died from the catastrophic floodwaters. 17 counties across the state of colorado have some level of flood damage. >> meteorologist: it's not you rain coming down in the mounts of washington, idaho, it's snow. this is a little above 7,000 feet. the snow levels are dropping
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still down to about 5,000 feet tonight. we're going to get some of our high mountain passes and slushy wet snow. it will have valleys like butte, georgetown lake. you're going to get one to three inches of snow overnight tonight and that wet snow is going to be heavy enough to bring down electric lines so we're going to be watching for that potential of some power outage in montana tonight as our winter storm warnings continue from idaho into montana. it is in the mountains. we're getting sun breaking out for western washington as the storm system is working its way south and east. we're going to see showers also picking up a little bit northeast nevada where we have a winter advisory in affect for the mountains. you can see that winter advisory stretching up in the parts of the central mountains of idaho. not impacting boise too much. we do expect freezing temperatures and blustery winds.
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i'll have details on what kind of wind gusts we can anticipate through nevada, and utah coming up next. >> remembering the lives of 72 people attacked and killed in a mall siege. august was a big plus for a lot of home buyers. why the cost of buying a home this summer was so good. faultlines investigates the epidemic of overcrowding in women's prisons. >> the system is setup to do exactly what it's doing - to break people and to keep them broken. hi, my name is jonathan betz, and i'm from dallas, texas, and i'm an anchor for al jazeera america. i started in a small television station in rural arkansas. it's a part of the country that often gets overlooked. but there are a lot of fascinating people there, a lot of fascinating stories there. i like that al jazeera will pay
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attention to those kinds of places. what drew me to journalism is i like the idea that we are documenting history. al jazeera documents it like none other. and to be a journalist, and to be part of a team like that? that's an incredible blessing. >> obama administration officials said they need to enrol 2.7 u.s. redents between the ages of 18 and 35 in exchange plans to balance risks and hold down costs. will they enrol come 1 october - should they pay the face. >> joining me now is jen mishory, deputy director of young invincibles, she's in washington d.c. and yevgeniy feyman, a research assistant at the manhattan institute. thank you for being with us. i want to start with you yevgeniy feyman. the young people are crucial to the success of obamacare. >> absolutely. they'll balance out the risk pool, they'll keep premiums that
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need the insurance, and the administration is reaching out to them. >> jen, the young invincibles are in the 18-34 group. >> every sunday night al jazeera america presents gripping films, from the worlds top documentary directors >> this is just the beginning of somthing much bigger... >> this sunday...the premier of "budrus" >> the primary concern of the fronts is security that trumps everything >> how could a wall designed to divide, unite israelis and palestinians al jazeera america presents... "budrus" premiers this sunday night 9 eastern. >> kenyan investigators are searching for the rebel days after gunmen attacked a mall in nairobi. 72 are dead and more could be
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buried in the rubble. during the standoff three floors of the mall collapsed. kenya has begun three days of mourning for those victims. >> reporter: it's day five and you can sense the mood. one of relief but even more grief than before because there is an unknown number of bodies still inside this building. it's been revealed that three floors collapsed inside the building at some point. it's thought that that was on monday. unconfirmed reports suggest that a niner was deployed by the kenyan special forces and he shot what was thought to be the leader of the attack group. the other details are also coming in now. one source tells us that this was the key battle, and it was on monday. there were lots of distractions made by the security forces
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including stun grenades and helicopters flying close to the building. there was a full-on gunfight and this progressed to the explosions, it seems, or fire that resulted in the collapse of the building. that was something that certainly wasn't in the plan for the security forces, it would seem, and that has led to another of deaths. this was not touched on in the presidential address on tuesday night. but we are expected more details to be revealed about what exactly happened, and how many are dead. it appears the death toll could increase quite drastically. it isn't certain but the number is bound to increase. >> that was andrew simmons reporting from nairobi, kenya. authorities say it could be days before they have an exact number of those killed in the attack. michael communication took on new meaning today at the clinton global initiative where
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the focus on getting technology into the hands of women a major effort by shary blair, wife of former british primary tony blair, and founder of the sherry blair foundation. i spoke witi spoke with sherry. >> what we're announcing in new york is a new commitment to employ 30,000 women continue sales agents in the next three years. >> this is not the first project we've done together. we have an education program giving business information to women to help them grow and expand their businesses.
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this is a particularly exciting project because myanmar only has 10% mobile penetration. it's a new market, new contracts have been awarded, and many in the population are living on less than $1.25 a day, this is a real opportunity for them to become connected in the outside world and a real opportunity for the women we work with to be agents of change, change in the wider society by making mobiles more available, and changes in their own lives by earning an income. we found in the research that we did that being mobile phone agents is very good career because it doesn't take much capital to inject into it. it's a business that can be worked around family commitments, and it's a family that puts money in the pockets of women. we all know if we put money in
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the pockets of women they spend that money on their children, on their wider communities and then everybody benefits. >> of course, we have this program that we're initiating in iraq. what we found out through our studies is that women have less usage to the mobile than men. there were only 20% of the population actually in iraq that has mobile services. we designed a program basically designed a special package for women to meet their needs. we tracted 2 million women in two years. we closed the gap to actually from 20% to 40% now have mobile services. also we take this very serious. it also makes good business
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sense to serve women and to care for their needs. this is something that we're doing throughout the region, also we're doing that in myanm myanmar. we operate in 15 markets with 90,000 customers and we have put women at the center of attention of all those markets. >> a big rebound in new home sales for august. the government says sales jumped nearly 8%. that reverses a plunge in july. the rebound suggest higher mortgage rates may not be slowing the housing recovery. soon you'll be able to buy shares in one of the hottest companies of china. alibaba ha is now looking to sel it's shares in new york. the stock offering is one of the most anticipated in years.
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the firm has 80% of china's e commerce market and is estimated to be worth $120 billion. a showdown in the waters off san francisco is underway. it's the final race of america's cup between emirates team nulled and/orcal team usa. the usa team has been written off but in a remarkable comeback it won it's seventh race and tied the series. melissa chan is in san francisco with us. the race is underway, and melissa, how does it look for team usa? >> reporter: well, race is very exciting. neck and neck. we'll know the result of the american cup in 10 to 15
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minutes. it has been incredible not that team usa won seven races in a row. it was not 0-0 on the scoreboard. team usa was minus 2-0. last year they cheated, having put more weights in their boat giving them for control of the boat. they need to get over the embarrassment of the team and the embarrassment of the fans. but it looks like team usa switched gears and here we are on the ninth race. >> how long do these races typically take? when will we know who has won this thing, melissa? i'm not
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sure that melissa can hear me. but i think the answer to that, if not, the man next to me does, michael eaves. we'll know soon. at the top of the hour. >> reporter: possibly at the top of hour. that's a tease. tony. establishing himself as a premier player in the nba, paul george is now being paid like one. he signed a five-year contract guaranteeing $80 million and north of $90 million if he reaches an escalator clause. he averages 17 points and named nba's most improved player. the tampa bay buccaneers benched freeman. the coach will go with glennen on sunday. and the nfl players
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association is looking into whether the oakland raiders followed protocol after pryor was knocked out of the game by concussion. he stayed in the game for two more plays before heading back to the locker room with the team's medical staff. we'll have more sports news coming up in 20 minutes. >> are you in this american cup? some are, some aren't. >> reporter: it's too rich for me. i can't relate to it. it's hundreds ever millions of dollars for these teams to compete. >> yes, they're catamarans. >> reporter: it's a different type of sailing. >> yes, coming up on al jazeera, a court will decide on whether or not the nsa can use wiretapping. and the government will run new types of health insurance. we will break them down next. he
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and possibly of his motive. but neither can be confirmed. investigators need to do more work to give families and coworkers of those killed last week better answers. tony, this is a situation where investigators say that
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it's going to take them a really long time to conclusively determine exactly what drove aaron alexis to start firing inside that office building at the washington navy yard back on september 16th. but they say that they are convinced at this point that there was no one else involved. >> roslyn, do we have any new information on how this aaron alexis was able to get security clearance to go into the navy yard in the first place? >> reporter: well, essentially what has come out already in the preliminary investigation is that even though alexis had numerous run-ins with the law, both with local police authorities and with navy police while he was in the navy reserve, it does not mean that those infractions were serious enough to trigger any sort of hold, as it were, undergoing secret security process. in fact, one of the more
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notorious parts of his history. the fact that he shot out the tires of the vehicle of a construction worker who was parked near his grandmother's home happened three years before he was inducted into the u.s. navy. so it never showed up on any police records. it really does beg the question, how do you keep someone who might be a threat to himself or to others from actually having this sort of security clearance, or for that matter from being able to clear a background check to buy a shotgun as he was able to do in virginia, if it never shows up on the record. this is one of the questions facing not just the military but u.s. society at large. >> yes, and the gun, the gun, the gun, we saw it in the surveillance video. was he able to buy it legally? do we have more information about the gun that he used? >> reporter: ' licks citizen was able to buy that gun legally. he bought it at a gunshot 40
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minutes south of downtown washington in prince william county, virginia, in fact. again, he was able to clear the federal background check because he never had anything on his record that would have put a hold on his attempt to buy that gun. now, he also did try to buy an ar 15, a semiautomatic rifle. he tested out this rifle while at that same gun shop. however, the state of virginia has a law that does not allow gun shops to sell semiautomatic rifles to people who are not residents of the state. as we know he had been living for some time in the dallas/fort worth area and was simply living in a hotel, as it were, while doing contract computer software work at the navy yard. because he was not a resident of virginia he could not get that gun. so all he was able to leave with was that remington 870.
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>> roslyn jordan for us in washington, d.c. beginning next week the federal government will run new insurance markets in 36 states. and for the first time obama administration is releasing what the prices may be. each one covers basics like doctors visits, prescription drugs, and hospital stays. the second lowest cost silver plan covers 70% of medical expenses cost individuals an average of $328. for families across the country had cost will vary widely from state to state. consider a family of four with an annual income of $50,000 you can see a range of prices for this the silver plan anywhere from $600 in arizona to more than $1,000 in mississippi. joining us to discuss this is sherry glebe glebe, dean.
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dean glebe, you saw the numbers that i ran through this. it's gets tricky, so you have to pay close attention, but do you think that's numbers based on your look are credible? >> these are the numbers that insurance plans are going to be on market. >> are there any rates or cost factors that we need to think about here that are not necessarily included in those basic numbers? >> those are premium numbers. that's how much you pay for the plan. but you'll also have to face deductibles and cost sharing to go along with that. this is not the total amount that a family would spend on healthcare. it's just the premium amount that they would spend. >> we've been hearing a lot
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about the cost variations depending on where you live, geographically from state to state. what explains that? >> are many factors that cause the variation. even in the medicare program where prices are the same and everyone has the same insurance there is a two-fold variation across the country. there are many factors including how many medicare people use. the price of medical care, and how well insurers are able to negotiate with providers and who the insurers think will sign up for the health insurance exchanges. >> what is critical for this program to work. i'm not talking on political terms. i'm just talking about good healthcare, what are the key factors here for this program moving forward to work? >> well, what i think the administration is hoping that people will find these prices attractive and will buy these plans. the plans are intended to give people basic coverage for healthcare, so they have fairly
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large deductibles and coinsurance but they provide free preventive care. the hope is that it will provide immediate location and protection against catastrophic costs. the question is whether people will find them attracti attractive. >> how important is it for this to work. the young people, the young invincibles i think is what they're called, to sign up and use the system. >> the thought is it will be a cross section of the population, not just older sicker people, but we want to be sure that in order for it to work a reasonable proportion of those young invincibles do sign up. >> do you have concerns that the exchanges will be up and ready with navigators to help answer questions. >> i think they'll be up and ready to go. for sure there will be minor glitches. new programs always have them. but i anticipate that most
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things should be ready on october 1st. >> sherry gleib is the dean of wagner school of public service. thank you for being here. >> thank you. >> a year after the bengahzi attack, it is said securit weaks are still at risk. inspector general said the process is without bias, the criticize the department's risk management and incomplete security recommendation. the audit does say that practicing has bid made since ambassador chris stevens and three others were killed in that attack. the legality of wiretapping of the nsa will be decided by the supreme court, and justice scalia said the high court originally ruled there was no prohibitions of wiretaps, but
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that has since changed. the issue will now end up in court. wiretapping of the nsa was revealeed after former nsa employee eric snowed den revealed mass surveillance programs. ohio has supplied the lethal drug it uses this morning. convicted murderer received the state's last dose. medication. the danish maker of the drug refuses to supply over objections of the death penalty. it might be one of the biggest comebacks of all sports. team usa is one win away from the americas cup.
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>> i got to tell you something, and michael eaves is here. help me with this. this is crazy. >> if you can relate it to other sports, if you're down 8-1 in the best of 17 and win eight in a row to win, yeah, it's pretty impressive. especially considering there was strategy changes and personnel changes in the middle. to come back and win this, it's pretty impressive. >> let's tell the story here. so oracle team usa was down, about as far down--you couldn't get any further down. >> reporter: let's go retainer of the cup. you get to choose the boat and the venue. the owner of the team wanted to be in san francisco and one
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these types of boats. there are so few teams who wanted to go against them. they were the favorites. then they fell behind 8-1. and then they come back to win the cup. that's a tremendous come back. >> that's the final. michael eaves is here with the rest of the day in sports. >> reporter: by 44 seconds. that's a crushing victory in sailing. insisting that josh freeman will be the quarterback he was benched in favor of mike glenen. free man setting single team records for passing yards and points scored the bucs scored three offensive touchdown through three games. none of which have come in the past sense of quarters. tampa bay chose glenan in the fourth round against colorado state.
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charean williams joins us now. you said last week that freeman would have a shorter leash, and you were dead on. the bucs are interested in moving freeman at some point. is there a way they can get a trade worked out before the deadline in five weeks. >> they would love to trade him and get him out of there. even in the last year of his contract he had $6.44 million left to pay him off the $8 million is due this year. it's going to be awfully hard for the tampa bay buc nears to find a trade partner. no one is going to pick that you contract for an o short-term trade. the question is whether they cut him or keep him on the roster. he could be a problem in that locker room. that could be interesting as the trade line comes closer and closer. >> and there is a bye week coming up giving glenen time to
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prepare. what is head coach jim harbaugh's most concerning issue, the offense or defense of san francisco? >> oh, boy, those stories lines of san francisco, we have the first crisis of the jim hear bow area. they're below 500 for the first time in his tenure there and they have problems. talking about the frank gore's work load and smith's rehab. they'll go with the rotation to try to get pressure on the quarterback. that's a tough thing and calling kaepernick, he's playing like a rookie quarterback. he just has not got it done. they have seven turnovers as they do offensive points. that's ten. tough rode for the 49ers. they are in crisis mode. jim harbaugh is the one to lead them out. >> and now let's go to the big
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news out of dallas as they replace anthony spencer on the injury list. he's said to undergo surgery on his knee. how will his long-term absence of the overall play of the cowboy's defense? >> they've had him for 34 plays this season. he has had the knee problem all year. he'll have to have micro fracture surgery. and he'll be a free agent, bad luck for him and the cowboys. he was their defensive mvp last season. they'll obviously have to play without him. but they have worked miracles with the defensive line. they took a guy off the streets, signed him july 25th to replace anthony spencer they thought in camp only, but he has become the starter, with two sacks and they'll count on george sarlve to get things done.
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>> and the dolphins were not the biggest surprise, but nothing jumps off the page that would give you an indication of why they've been so successful. what has made the difference in their 3 and 0 start? >> you're right. they can't run the ball, and they canned stop the run, but they've been a fourth quarter team. their come backs have been in the fourth quarter and they've played their best at crunch time. >> charean williams, thank you so much for the time. is wellwell, the big news, teama comes from behind. to secure the win. the big he is comeback that goes back in history of 168 years. it looked great in san francisco. we should have done this show
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live for this historical moment in yachting history. >> how could we not have thought of that. i don't know. >> greenpeace is at odds with the russian government. their ship, the arctic sunrise, was seized, and it's fate of its crew is uncertain. >> reporter: until now the only film of last wednesday's protest has been greenpeace footage. but this new video provided by the russian authorities gives a dramatic new perspective and raises questions about greenpeace tactics. in choppy and dangerous water the coast guards are trying to bring the two protesters down from the side of the oil platform. the larger of the two greenpeace boats appear to try to push its way between the coast guards and the activists. the coast guard in orange clearly waves at the protesters
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boats to back away to a safe distance. instead, the much larger greenpeace boat surges forward and nearly mountain mounts the t guard boats. only then are the warning shots fired. it under lies the considerable danger faced by the activists, the coast guard officers and the oil rig staff. >> they knew full well who we were, we were entirely peaceful, and we were peaceful putting the climbers up. things became more aggressive when the coast guard came in threatening people with knives, trying to sank our safety boats and shooting shots in the water. they have been requested on
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suspicions of piracy but those charge will be drop since the president himself felt that the charges of piracy is not appropriate. >> i don't know the exact details of what's happened, of course, but it is absolutely evident that they are not pirates. formerly, though, they were trying to seize that platform. >> reporter: prosecuting the greenpeace crews represents a problem. release they can quickly, it would appear that the activists won without punishment. but to detain them might bring unwanted focused attention on their policies. police insist by boarding the arctic sunrise
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>> in just a few minutes the international space station will launch it's next crew into space. you're looking at live pictures of the launch. menace throw naught michaelamerl hopkins. we're just three days away from the united nations report focusing on global climate change. in switzerland researchers are harnessing the power of the sun turning it into power, water, and cool air in remote
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locations. al jazeera's report. >> reporter: it's not the most likely place to look for a solution to the planet's environmental woes, horse country inside zurich. but here at computer giant ibm scientists believe they found one, a far more efficient way of using the power of the sun than anything solar pow has achieved before. the key part of the system of these peg cells designed for the space industry and capable of converting half the sunlight they absorb into energy, electricity. that's vastly more than current solar technologies provide. the mirror over there concentrates the sunlight down on the cells, harnessing the power of up to a thousand suns. this is a prototype, of course. in a year they expect there will an working system 40 times larger providing enough power for ten homes. put 400 of those in a field or
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strip of desert and you get a so mega watt power station meeting the energy needs of a small town, and there's more. the cells that harness the power of a thousand suns tend to get hot, very hot. here they worked out how to cool their system using water. seawater, river water, even waste water. all freely available. having removed the heat from the cells. warm washington evaporates leaving salt and our impurities bacbehind leaving water so pureu can drink it. >> you can drink it. >> it doesn't taste too bad. >> reporter: during my education my understanding was that always ecology and economy go opposite
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directions. now this system allows to make them run parallel. that's the great thing. because as we make energy cheaper, we can deploy it in masses and help save the planet, and this doesn't cost us. >> reporter: it's the combination of eight years work for bruno michelle at the same plants that gave nano technology and four laurette prizes. and perhaps another one. >> we'll take you to the deserts where horsemen are forced to travel 150 miles away just to find close. oh, we're back to this. it could happen. i'm going to honest about this,
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we're going to milk this market launch to light this candle. this is in kazakhstan where we're just minutes away from in launch. >> six, five, four, three, two, one-ignition. >> and it's now on its way. on a six-hour ride to the international space station. >> american astronaut michael hopkins of nasa is joining two russian astronauts. oh, let's just take in a bit more. how much time do we have? 15 seconds? great. we'll get to the headlines in just a second here on al jazeera.
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and welcome to al jazeera, i'm tony harris here aring tonight's top stories. the voting but unanimous, the senate is now considering how to avoid partial government shutdown. it all happened after ted cruz spoke on the senate floor for over 21 hours. the fbi said aaron alexis didn't target anyone specifically. his motive remains mystery. world lead ers are talk for the second straight day of the un general assembly. secretary of state john kerry met with the security council to talk about the situation in syria, this happened


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