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>> welcome to al jazeera. i am richelle carey. syria outlines it's chemical weapons program. >> crating outrage around the world. poverty and violence, finding new hope far from home. >> syria met a crucial deadline. the government filed details of its poison gas and nerve agent programs and an initial plan to destroy them. the declaration was in line with
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an organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons. they hope top eliminate all of the weapons bu 2014. kilhemy douchiuke heart has mor >> the prohibition of chemical weapons otherwise known as opcw to destroy its lethal stockpiles by next year. syria handed over the details of its poison gas and nerve agent program thursday ahead of its october 27th deadline. opcw is not releasing what their report says but it did say the syrian government disclosed 23 chemical weapons sites. >> the head of the team said last week the country has so far been cooperative. >> we have had very good meetings with the syrian government at most 7 ario levels. there is continued strong cooperation with the secretary general and the director of op cd and opcw and we build on this
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because we have one shared goal which is elimination of the program, which is of benefit to all, and particularly the syrian people. >> syria is believed to possess around 1,000 metric tons of chemical weapons including mustard gas and saron which they denied for years. they continued to deny any involvement in the august 21st chemical weapons attack that killed 1,400 people there. in the process is complicated. it has still not been decided how it will be dismantle odd november 1st which syria is scheduled to dismantle it's production and missing facilities. >> with us now to discuss this development is gerald kim balance executive director of the articles control association. we appreciate your time today.
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i know you have been following this for a long time. did you think syria was actually going to meet this deadline? >> well, we did believe they would because they have met all of their previous deadlines since the u.s. and russia brokered this deal to eliminate syria's deadly chemical arsnals back in september. this is a very important deadline because this is not only a more detailed accounting of their stockpiles, where they are located, but it should also include a plan for eliminating the bulk chemical agents, the chemicals that are used to make these weapons, and we don't have all of the details yet, but it will be interesting to see over the next few weeks exactly how syria and the opcw plan to destroy those chemical agents. >> and there actually is another deadline coming up on november 1st, just a few days away, that syria has to come up with the plan to destroy the equipment they use to actually load the chemical weapons. do you have every reason to believe that that deadline will
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be met as well? >> well, the opcw has said they expect that deadline to be met. they have already begun the work of destroying the equipment as well as the production facilities that make the chemicals. >> that's very, very important because that, once destroyed, eliminates syria's ability to use chemical weapons again on the battlefield. >> how feasible is it that a total destruction of stockpiles at the facilities and all of this can be done by next year? >> well, it is feasible for this to be done by the middle of next year but it may not be accomplished inside syria. the physical destruction of the did be what are called the precupr precursor agents, the blister agents, may take time. what has been discussed in recent weeks is that in order to destroy those chemicals, they may need to be removed,
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verifyably from syria to another country. we have heard records that countries such as norway, france, belgium have been approached to take these chemical precursors and destroy them in a controlled setting. they are looking at this as a possibility because syria, as we all know, is in the middle of a civil war. that would be very difficult to do to bring in the equipment to insin rate these chemical agents inside syriacinerate these chems inside syria. >> norway has actually declined. where realistically could something like that happen? >> it would have to be done in a safe country, a country hthat hs the technological and industrial capacity to destroy these chemical agents they can be destroyed through water them down through a process known as high drop sys and incinerate
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those chemicals. but this 1,000 tongs would take many months if not years to destroy in that manner. so, it has to be done in a country where they have a safe environment, where the environmental regulations are good and safety measures are strong. that may be in a european country why to be named. >> how much how much bo something like that cost? >> right now they have taken contributions approaching $10 million. donations have been committed for the current operations but the physical destruction in another country would cost tens of millions more. it's important we keep an eye on the cost and that the many countries that support this incredibly important operation are doing their part to pay the cost to make sure it happens on time. >> mr. kimball, thank you so
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much. ? >> thank you. a roadside bomb hit a bus if afghanistan today killing 18 people returning from a wedding celebration in the eastern district of andar near pakistan. it includes 14 women and a child. five people were wounded in the blast. two of them critically. roadside bombs like the one that struck the bus are common in this region where taliban forces remain active. at least 50 people are dead in two iraqi cities today. they struck shiite neighborhoods in baghdad 10 car bombs went off in commercial zones around baghdad killing 42 people and injuring dozens more. the bombings raised this month's death toll to 545. a surge in sectarian violence has killed more than 5,000 people across iraq. germany is responding to claims the nsa spied on german chancellor angela merkel for years. they are sending senior intelligence officials to
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washington. a major german magazine says they showed the gsa has been tracking americaem's phone since 2002. yes, before she became chancellor. this morning, senator jeanne sheheen. i think the revelations from snowden and the secrets that have been revealed are doing significant damage to our bilateral relationships with germany, with mexico, with the other countries where the suggestion is that we have listened in. i think we have repair work to do, and i think we have hard questions we need to ask of the nsa about what's really happening in this program. >> meanwhile, republican representative peter king said the nsa has an important role to play. >> the reality is that the nsa has saved thousands of lives, not just in the united states but also in france and germany and throughout europe.
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and, you know, the french, they carried out spying operations against the united states, both the government and industry. as far as germany, that's where the hamburg plot began which led to 9-11. they have had dealings with iran and iraq, north korea, the french and the germanso and other european kuntz trees. we are not doing this for the fun of it. >> a coalition of countries will send a resolution to the united nations expected to be one of the strongest condemn nations of u.s. surveillance to date. >> health and human services kathleen sebelius scheduled to appear before congressional committees this week will answer questions about technical problems with the online exchanges that rolled out with the launch of the affordable care act. system glitches are blamed for low enrollment in the health insurance exchanges. in mississippip mississippi, only a few dozen people have signed upstatewide. al jazeera went there to find out why. >> chris miller is a chef in the
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picayune, miss . he is the sole provider for his family of four. says for the last year and a half they haven't been able to afford insurance >> i worry about that because all it takes is one accident and you could be 20 to $100,000 in debt or more than that. you just never know. >> miller says he and his wife are searching for healthcare but they couldn't get on the new federal healthcare exchange website. in jackson, barbara shop owner chris paige and his customer terri harper say they have insurance but both plan to look at their options under the aca. >> i may get better coverage for the same amount that i am paying because i just got the minimum level coverage so i can at least have something that would cover me if something was to happen. >> neither paige nor har per have gone okay to compare rates? >> i haven't because they say every time you try to log in, there was something wrong with why you couldn't sign up and you
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had computer glitches. >> mississippi is the only state that applied to run its own healthcare exchange and was reject. the federal government turned it down because of concerns the state wouldn't provide enough support for it. that leaves people here trying to use the troubled federal exchange and mississippi's insurance commissioner says as of october 21st, only 35 people had signed up. healthcare advocates are playing catch-up. >> a lot of the advocacy groups, provider groups did a lot of work preparing for a mississippi-based exchange. so we have been behind. we have been behind other states in trying to get the word out about the exchange. >> jarvis dorsh is training to be a navigator, a person who helps people deal with the new healthcare marketplace. >> our focus is going to be enrolling mississippians and get the tax credits they are eligible for. >> that may be easier said than done because many don't have internet access or computers,
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plus...? >> according to the u.s. department of health and human resources, mississippi is the unhealthiest state in the nation and has the third highest premiums in the country under the new healthcare exchanges yet mississippi only received $1 million in federal aid to publicize the plan. neighboring arkansas received 24 million. >> the university of mississippi medical center got most of the money, $800,000. it's 23456 gate orders have helped almost 4,000 patients. covermississippi,.org which got less money is mapping out a statewide outreach effort to bring computers for the people. >> there is a need for funding. you will need to knock on doors and walk people through the process. >> chris miller says he may take another look at the new healthcare exchanges but will wait until the federal website is more reliable. stephanie boswell, al jazeera,
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>> welcome. here is a look at your top stories. a syrian government filed details of its poison gas and nerve agent program and an initial plan to destroy them. the declaration was n.h.l. in line with international agreements led by the organization of prohibition of
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chemical weapons. a staunch u.s. ally demanding answers from the obama administration. germany sends senior intelligence officials to washington after reports the nsa has been spying on angela merkel for a decade. >> at least 39 people are dead and more than 120 injured in the string of car bombings crosses iraq's capital city. this is happening in the shiia neighborhoods. they are being targeted. all this weekend, al jazeera america is looking into the increasing number of people around the world willing to risk everything for a better life. the u.n. says not since 1994 have there been so many refugees. war remains the number 1 cause. the u.n. says more than half of all ref jeez come from afghanistan,rage, syria, somalia and sedan. afghanistan tops the list. the majority, afghans in pakistan and iran. seeking a better life abroad is
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filled with many difficulties as you can imagine, often dangerous and cramped conditions and along the way, refugees may face extortion and abuse. recent ship wrecks have killed hundreds of migrants. that puts more pressure on european leaders but the danger hasn't stopped people from trying to reach europe's shores. barnaby phillips reports. horrible things have been happening to migrants trying to get to europe. tell us about that. >> yes. it's really just a quirk of geography that has made this tiny island so important. it's something like eight square miles. there is only one village. you can see it behind me. otherwise, it's a scrubby, barren place but though those thousands of people sitting out on ricketing badly may tained boats from the north african shore, typically from the libyan
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shore, this is the first part of europe which they reach. ? >> it's been voted the most beautiful beach in europe, but how easy it is to forget the drama, the tragedy that plays out every day just a few miles offshore from lampedusa. the italian navy has sent one of its biggest ships to help with the crisis. we were allowed on board and in the hole found a pathetic cargo: 318 people picked up at sea the previous night. most of the africans are young men. many are aratrayans who paid smugglers thousands of dollars to flee their country. >> it is very dangerous. >> and then there are the syrians of all ages.
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none of nem know what will happen next. some are too young to understand where they are. they are registered straight away. the navy will take them to sicily because lampedusa is struggling with the my grants it already has. but this is not just an italian problem. >> definitely not because the biggest part of these immigrants wish to go to germany, norway and other parts of europe and this moment have a more flourishing economy. this is a historical situation in which people are leaving their homeland because of the change of the climate, because of wars a massive activity. >> this is the center which the italian authorities built to house my granmigrants built for >> maximum, 300 people. there is a lot always a lot more than that here these days. at the moment action there are over 700 inside.
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we were not given permission to enter. so through the if he knew we spoke to mohammed from dam a under the circumstances. how was his sea journey. >> so dangerous, the crowd and the sea, like you said, too dangerous. >> what do you want now? what is your dream for the future? >> to complete my studies. so have respect. >>la lampedusa was a sleepy pla but now it has a fame it never desired, that the island which people risk everything to reach. >> well, the italian authorities tell us that 13,000 migrants have passed through lampedusa this year.
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>> that's more than twice the number of the indigenous population that lives here normally at this time of year, of course, we are approaching we winter. we would expect the numbers to start decreasing. this year as you can see, the weather has been cleaned, climate and over the last four days, 1,000 people have been rescued near waters near lampedusa. there is no slowing down. >> great reporting there. thank you so much. tunisia has become an immigration in transit company. they come from the sub is a h r sub sahalan. there are many reasons for leaving: war, poverty, famine and political uncertainty >> reporter: here on tunisia's
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coast line, people are making a journey libya. we understand that since the beginni beginning of the year, 30,000 people have made that treacherous journey across these seas to europe. now, libya at the moment has no agreement with italy in terms of deporting people back and, also, there are security problems in the country. there is a pouros boarder region of thousands of kilometers and also, very little security on the coastline. that is why my grants are able to lead from north africa. the economic reasons because they can't find work back home but they are fleeing war. particularly those coming from aratrayea and they are paying thousands of dollars to get on boats and they can't stay in places like libya for very long. if they do, they will be arrested and detained.
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time for an undata on weather conditions across the west, the northwest and even alaska today is a transition where we are seeing big changes in our weather conditions. watching a vigorous storm system brewing off the coast of alaska as it continues to move iin, we will deal with strong wind gusts, possibly upwards to about 75 miles per hour. he specially as you get into the higher elevations. in addition to the wind, we are also watching out for rain some could present the threat of flooding. we have to watch out. a little bit of snow as well. for now, it looks like the bigger issue will be that. you expect winds upwards to about 30 to 50 miles. >> that's where the wind will be stronger. strong winds expected here, too, across the enter mountain west
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where we are expecting snow showers to develop. bev a winter storm some of the higher elevations know expect the a foot of snow but the lower elevations that's what we are expecting the higher snowfall amounts and below that, only around three, possibly to about 8 inches locally. monday will be the area. including billings montana where we could pick up a few inches of snow into the southwest. it will be wendy pot work week ahead. >> still ahead, exporting american football overseas. how the national football league is trying to win fans in europe.
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it is week 8 of the national football league season, nfl. games get underway in less than
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an hour. jacksonville versus san fran civing 0 kicks off thousands of miles away. the n.f.l. is pushing hard to build excitement in europe. >> london has been ramping up the excitement for this week's game cull mittating in a fan party in trafalgar square. the main streets were decked out. it took on all of the spectacle of a half-time show. there was cold beer, games and cheerleaders. even football legends were on hand to show case the sport. it's all part of the n.f.l. media blitz to increase football's profile abroad, part of the international series which began in 2007 in one game and grown two games this year, three next season. it's no hail mary play. the fans seem just as passionate about the game as fans in the u.s. >> it's a hard-hitting sport, you have elegance and all sorts of skills.
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there are a whole lot of things to like about it. >> roger goodell is talking about giving london its own team if there is enough fan support. >> every time when we expanded the series to two games, we sold it out. i hope you do the same like that. you are proving that you are worthy of a franchise. >> how a london based team might work logistically is a big question, though. the travel is a killer. both teams arrive early in the week and were set up in the ide idyllic current tree side where no expense was spared for players to adjust to the time difference and practice in the brisk, wet english weather. >> but even after years of n.f.l. games in london and decades of n.f.l. games on british t.v., they are still trying to educate the audience teaching british youth the ball is oblong and play is not restricted to just the foot. the pace is different.
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soccer is generally more fluid, one of football's famous ambassadors said that different wouldn't matter to fans. >> you watch soccer, there is a stop in the, getting ready to run a new play. they aring up. there are times you can compare. i think once they understand the rules, they will fall in love with it. >> that love also translates to cash from sale of merchandise to t.v. revenue. ratings have doubled in receipt years. the support is now the 6th most watched in the u.k. and ticket sales, londonts 90,000 seat stadium, wembley sold out in a matter of days. the head of britain's chapter of the nfl says there is no reason why they can't love american football and football. >> an arsenal fan, we are asking them to change their sport.
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you can be an arsenal fan and a 49ers fan. we play at different times and ultimately people love sports. >> sports matter to the crowds. people have come to town from around the u.k. and even farther away from all over europe. >> it's unlikely that american football will ever over attack soccer but it's clear from the turnout here and the interest around the u.k., there is a place for the n.f.l. on this side of the atlantic. phil litner, london. >> imagine going to your child's football game on the weekend and you see this. keep watching, a hot air balloon ran into trouble saturday at marietta georgia, came down on the football field. there were some 4th grade teams trying to play. the children did get off of the field in time. no one on the balloon was injured the game picked up once they got off of the field. thank you for watching
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al jazeera. i am richel carey. "101 east" is next. >> slavery in nepal has been abolished, by law. but behind the high walls of many city homes here, young girls continue to serve as slaves. known as kamlari, they are the daughters of indebted farmers, sold to landlords for little to no money.


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