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>> unanimous decision - the u.n. security council votes to destroy all of syria's chemical weapons. iran's president arrives back in tehran after his historic phone call with president obama to protests and chants of support. >> i will not negotiate over congress's responsibility to pay the bills it has already racked up. >> a political game of hard ball over the budget. president obama refuses to negotiate with house republicans, who refuse to back down on efforts to defund his health care law.
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>> hello. it's saturday, 28 september. and you're watching al jazeera america. inspections on syria's chemical weapons and storage sites will begin tuesday. the idea to destroy them by next year. the u.n. security council passed a resolution to get rid of their chemical weapons. james bays reports on this global decision. >> just three weeks ago military action in syria seemed close. >> i shall put the draft resolution to the vote now. >> an entirely different outcome for now. a unanimous vote by 15 security council members to authorise the disarmament of syria's chemical weapons arsenal. a resolution based on the deal drawn up by the u.s. and by russia. >> together the world with a single voice for the first time
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is imposing binding obligations on the bashar al-assad regime, requiring it to get rid of weapons that have been used to devastating effect as tools of terror. >> his russian counterpart made it clear what this is not. >> translation: this resolution does not fall under chapter vii of the u.n. charter, and does not allow for automatic use of coercive measures of enforcement. >> there was talk about what happens after the meeting. talk again of trying to stop the war. and a new date for the much-delayed geneva peace conference. >>. >> we have agreed and it has been expressed by the secretary-general that the aim - i don't remember exactly the wording - was mid november. >> the problem with that is that the syrian opposition have never said they'll attend the geneva conference, and the syrian regime seem to be insisting that
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assad should remain president whatever happens. the geneva conference was set for june and during the delay thousands more syrians have died. >> we are joined by charles dell fer a former u.n. chief chemical weapons inspector and top cia officer who directed the investigation of saddam hussein's weapons of mass destruction programs. mr delfer thank you for coming in. good morning. let's begin with what is the first step to actually destroying these chemical weapons. i'm talking about once the inspections are done. the actual destruction of the weapons, what is the first phase. >> the first thing that has to happen is inspectors have to get there and go to sites where key equipment is located. the highest area for them to get to is production equipment. it can be destroyed ease lip. these are the reactor vessels and the manufacturing equipment which can be destroyed relatively easily because it
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doesn't have the sarin or mustard agent. you can run over it with a tractor and you'll have hobbled the syrian chemical capability. >> when it comes to the chemicals and the chemical weapons themselves i understand there are basically two options k destroying them on-site and transporting them out of the country. which, in your view is the better option. >> it depends on what syria has. if they have in their own infrastructure a capability to destroy a chemical agent. they may be able to do some of it there. the alternative is to remove it from syria which has a capacity to destroy the agent. russia volunteered to do that. that may be the easier option. they can remove the chemicals to the post, put them on a ship and ship it to the other facilities. that may be the easiest ways of getting the dangerous substances out of the hands of those that might use them. >> that's it.
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they are dangerous substances, how do you transport them. how difficult is that to do given there is an active war going on in syria. >> this is the hardest part of the process which has been laid out. the resolution passed last night puts the burden of safety and transport on the syrian government. bear in mind they have decades of experience of hand thing these types of equipment and munition, and if you believe the reports that appeared in the press and intelligence services, they've been moving them around. weapons inspectors will be supervising. they went move them themselves. they'll tell the syrians, "we know where they are, we want you to consolidate them where we can destroy them or ship them to safe places outside of syria". as you point out. the key thing is going to be will the insurge ents see this as a target of opportunity. that's one of the biggest risks
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going forward. >> a dangerous job for the inspectors, no doubt. how do the inspectors make sure they've got them all and assad hasn't hidden some of the weapons? >> you never know with 100% certainty. you can test by interviewing people, asking to see documents, comparing with people outside of the country may have as assessments of syria. i note in foreign minister sergei lavrov met in geneva. one of the things they did was compare assessments about what each country thought the syrians have. as they reported they thought they had a similar assessment. as they go forward, if syria declares something out of the kilter or out of the ballpark, they'll dest that. bottom line is they'll do much better at accounting for and disabling the syrian than a military attack would. >> mr charles dell fer, form you are un chief chemical weapons
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inspector. thank you for coming in, great insights. >> thank you. iran's president hassan rouhani is back in tehran after a busy week in new york and an history k phone call. he was greeted at the airport by government officials. it was the first time that leaders from the two nations spoke to each other. we have more. >> this was the moment the angry relationship between iran and u.s. moved on. the u.s. president on the phone with iranian counterpart. the first top level contact between the two countries in more than 30 years. president hassan rouhani broke the news of the conversation on social media website twitter, posting:
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>> from the white house a show of respect for iran, and the iranian people. >> i believe we got a responsibility to pursue diplomacy and we have a unique opportunity to make progress with the knew leadership in iran. i told hassan rouhani of my respect for the iranian people. >> a sign that things are changing. >> translation: hearing mr obama the president of the united states he sounded different compared to the past. i view it as a positive step. >> the presidential poll came after this historic meeting which brought iran's foreign minister and the u.s. secretary of state together. the last time any two leaders of the two countries spoke was in 1979. jimmy carter was in the white house, the shah was ruling iran. >> things have been strained for
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decades. there's a feeling that improved relations could unlock a number of international issues, notably bringing the syrian leadership to a peace conference in geneva. >> the new rain ian president has been -- rain yn president has been described as a moderate. it's bringing new attitude to dealings. >> another side of a thawed relations between the two countries is this: the u.s. returned a 2700 silver cup to iran that had been seized by u.s. customs more than 10 years ago. president obama is not caving in to house republicans demands to defund the affordable care act in exchange for a budget bill. the president used his weekly address to demand congress meet its responsibilities. >> i will work with anyone who wants to have a serious conversation about our economic future.
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i will not negotiate over congress's responsibility to pay the bills it has racked up. i don't know how to be more clear about this. no one gets to threaten the full faith and credit of the united states of america to extract ideaogical concessions. >> congress has less than three days to reach a deal to avoid a shutdown. house republicans are scheduled to meet and will go over options before the senate passed a bill that will fund the government and keep the affordable care act intact. >> members are divided. we go to capitol hill. >> there's a growing sense of pessimism on capitol hill as the question of a shutdown is up to a sharply divided group of house republicans. >> with no budget breakthrough president obama had a direct message for republicansism. >> do not shut down the government or the economy. pass a budget on time, pay our
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bills on time. >> the president repeated his vow. he will not give in to sclv demands to roll back the health care law. >> the house republicans are so concerned with apiecing the tea party that they threatened a showdown or worse unless i gut or repeal the affordable care act. >> as 54, nayes 44. >> after restoring money for the new law the senate sent the bill funding the government back to the house. watching from inside the senate chamber house tea party members, who must decide whether to give in or carry on their fight. >> what do you think will happen on the house? >> we have a lot of talking to do. >> almost all republicans oppose obamacare, but are divided on tactics. recruiting republican senators of showboating. >> it's that disunity among republicans - does that argue against what you are fighting for. >> i think it's unfortunate that
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senate republicans were not united this time around. >> i'm hopeful when the house sends the bill back, that it'll be an opportunity for senate republicans to come home. to stand for the principles. >> with the gop fractured, democrats are waiting to see what house republicans will do next. >> it's impossible for democrats to negotiate with house republicans when they can't negotiate themselves. >> a bill will be sent back to the senate to delay the implementation of obamacare for a year. >> if a government shut-down happens, the pentagon says among the consequence, 1.4 million troops will not get paid. >> time for a check on the forecast. let's bring a metrologist. >> good morning. >> it will be 82 degrees in chicago today. tomorrow we have a gold front on the way. enjoy the sunshine that extends all the way into the north-east,
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new york city, and we'll climb into the 70s. you can see the difference in temperatures. you probably realise we have a cold front on the move. it has produced damaging winds and hail across nebraska into northern texas yesterday. i think we'll see that similar pattern today as it continues to push into iowa and down into missouri. it will push into chicago. by the end of the day. i think we'll see spotty showers, the rain extending all the way down to northern texas, where it can be heavy, later in the day across dallas. major differences in temperatures between today and tomorrow. about a 10 degree difference on the backside of the frontal boundary. the rain will push in out of the north and the west. there's an area of low pressure across the gulf of alaska, drawing in moisture from the cascades. we'll see heavy rain anywhere from 4-8 inches of rain through
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portland as we track today, tomorrow and whack to work on monday. -- back to work on monday. cloudy, over cast skies. the heaviest looks to arrive this afternoon, into tomorrow as well. >> thank you. new jersey could become the next state to perform same-sex weddings, and a major company has changed its policy for married gay couples. plus, the prince's business, why some of prince charles subjects are not pleased with his billion dollar empire. >> i'm john henry smith, major league baseball's finals weekend is shaping up to be an exciting one. details later in sport.
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new jersey governor chris christie's administration says it will appeal a ruling allowing gay couples to get married. the judge said sips the -- since
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the federal government recognised same-sex marriage, not doing so would not be following the constitution. >> exxon mobile says it will often benefits to workers in a same-sex marriage. he's been criticised for previous policies on gay and les bian workers. snoo the british >> the british parliament is investigating prince charles for political dealings. members of the royal family are supposed to be politically neutral. there are concerns as to how the prince uses his billion dollar empire. >> they are payablinging up for the -- packing up for the tourist season in cornwell. here in truo there are signs of the collance of the high streets. on the edge of town is a different story, plans have been agreed for a supermarket and
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housing on the fields. farming lands owned by the duchy of cornwall. the development is worth $60 million for the economy, creating 200 jobs and sell produce to help the farming communities. thousands of people signed a petition against system. >> discussions held on greenfield sites and the need to look after small dairy farmers and plant areas of wild flower meadow. he did it around his home in gloster shire. we can't blame him for doing so. we'd like to see the same. >> much of the cornwall has been the property of the duke since the 14th century. the current duke turned it into a business. heap owns thousands of properties, coastline, rivers and beaches. he and the queen share the profits from gold discovered in the former tin mind. all of these things play into the parliamentary inquiry
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conducted into prince charles's power and influence. there are local ramifications for this. prince charles empire is worth over a million dollars, but cornwall is the purest county. the prince doesn't pay capital gaines tax or corporation tax because it's a private enterprise. >> the king has a view on architecture. the duchy points out a portion of the homes are designed to help poorer local people through affordable housing. the scheme prompts criticism that properties will end up in the possession of wealthy londoners. >> the duke of cornwell is a wolf circumstanceling cornwall. a duchy is indistinguishable from a developer. any developer wants to bank land, build houses to make a profit. that's what the duchy is doing. >> if you die here without
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making a will, your money doesn't go to the state, but to the dutchy. ed. >> it's private. you can't ask questions about it. it's not on websites, it's not like council or government spending. it's under the radar. >> creating sustainable food systems. >> views on environmentalism and stapibility could be a model for the future. he acts as an ambassador for cornwall for the world. in the duchy there's a body of opinion insisting that his business empire acts against the interests of local people. >> there's a website save truro for people to comment about the prince's business dealings. >> major league's baseball play-off comes into focus. john henry is here with a look into sports. >> you don't need glasses as strong as mine to see what will
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happen in the play-off. there was one division crown up for grabs going into the friday night. the la central ground and the st louis cardinals had a chance to win before the home crowd. trying to keep pace with the braves for a home-field advantage. they were busy winning against the cubs. one sent into the left-field corner. matt halliday and matt adams with safe passage home. the team that brought their bats - they remembered to bring their gloves. john j wielding the leather in right center. this was the cardinals night beating the cubs 7-0 taking the central crown, making a third-straight post-season appearance. >> let's stay in the nl central. the pirates and the reds. come on home.
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pirates taking a 2-0 lead. the reds trying to take the pitch to the gap. marteau spoils the party much to burnett's delight. this was a close game in the six when pedro alvarez went for a run. pirates, if they win saturday or sunday they clinch home-field. >> the pirates were the last team to obtain a divisional crown. the dodgers were the first. they are cruising. clayton kershaw used his 2-nup, a candicy for a second-side award. he pitched against the colorado rockies. kershaw will finish 2013 as the nl strike out leader. he went 1 for 3. curshaw finishes the season as the first dodger starter with a season era under 2.00.
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damages break up the rockies. must-win game for the rangers. if they wanted to stay alive, they led 3-1. josh hamilton singled. he had a thousand year hit. ian kinsler on third. alex rio through. rangers on top, looking to stay there. 2 on, 2 out. what to do. throw it first - too late. throw it home - once again, too late. rangers winning 5-3, staying a game out of the wildcard with two to play. that's your look at sport this hour. >> a big return for big tax. 52-foot toll mascot with safe hair. now he's back. tex jans couldn't be happier. this giant rubber duck has been spotted over the world. now it has a temporary home in the u.s. ç]
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america's first president finally has his own presidential library. 200 years after his death. the $106 million facilitiesy opened yesterday near alexandria virgin. it's filled with personal looks and a personal copy of the acts of congress, conpleat with handwritten notes. >> a symbol of tex jan pride. a 60-year-old icon of the texas state fair burned to the ground. a new big tex has been unveiled, it's bigger. we see what the monument means to texans. >> when we last saw big tex, an electrical short showed the icon burnt to a crisp. people mourned. someone formed a big tex grief support group.
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a year later as the fair began, a new big tex is born in and the memories flow. four years ago my son got out of hospital, my father in his last years of life. we made pictures out by big tex a couple of years back. it was a memorable time. i'm 66 years old. i remember the first year of big tex. i cas five years old. he scared the heck out of me. >> the new big tex is 3 feet taller and 19,000 pounds heavier, allowing him to stand on his own and withstand hurricane force winds, and is fire resistent. let's talk about his face. that has not changed too much. most people say they wouldn't have it any other way. >> i think he looks great. he looks like the old big tex, but a little friendlier.
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>> i like the way the boots are coordinated with the shirt and has all the texas theme to it. he looks good. >> he looks a little more energised i think. >> why does big tex many so much to so many, we ask mr howard. >> big tex shows how a lot look at themselves. big tex comes to summarise a lot of the emotional experiences that people had at the affair. >> big tex has been the place to meet up with friends and family and it the backdrop for photos. when it came time to design a replacement everyone new better than to mess with the design. >> you can't change big tex, any more than you can change coca-cola or campbell's soup.
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>> no hub ub here. all is right with the world, this world, the state fair of texas. >> big tex was built as a giant santa clause in 1949. it was purchased for the state fair for $357. >> from big text to a big duck. an international sensation makes its first visit to the united states. a 40-foot tall rubber ducky made a debut in pittsburg. the duck has made a splash around the world, making appearances in harvard, from hong kong to south paulo. it will be moored in pittsburg. the rubber duck is so popular it has its own facebook and twitter accounts. >> that will do it for this edition of news. real money with ali velshi is next. thank you for watching. have a great morning.
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prepare for a government shutdown, some parts of the economy will suffer more than others. we will explain what it means for you. and the affordable care act may effect the care you get at your local hospitals, and plus some investors are putting a price tag on how much you are worth. i'm david shuster in for ali money." ♪ this is "real money" and you the most important part of the show, so join our live conversation for the next half by using the twitter hashtag

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