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farver. sh this is al jazeera america live from new york city. here with a look at the top stories - the u.s. ambassador to syria offers a grim assessment of syria's war as weapons inspectors reach a milestone. >> please turn off all electronic devices - words you my not have to hear from flight attendants. >> when you bet on america it pays off >> president obama tries to bring more business to the u.s. >> it was an ambitious order -
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end syria's ability to produce chemical weapons. it appears to have been accomplished ahead of schedule. syria cannot produce new kep jornings but damascus -- chemical weapons, but damascus has to destroy its chemical weapon arsenal. >> on 24 august 14-00 were killed in what survivors called a chemical massacre. within days the u.s. and its allies would condemn it too. . >> it's not only an attack on human dignity it's an attack on security. >> president obama quickly threatened military action. president bashar al-assad denied the attack, and sent a warning to the u.s. >> they expect everything. >> pliticily pam -- plitic apresident barack obama garnered support. >> the kep call massacre --
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chemical massacre in damascus cannot be left without a response. >> when russia vetoed a resolution involving military action - it seemed further off. >> the security council has to be unanimous. >> president obama decided to ask congress to approve the use of military force. it changed when in september the secretary of state john kerry made an off-the-cuff comment saying if syria gave up chemical weapons military action could be avoided - something the russians jumped at, leading to la plan to el -- to a plan to eliminate syria's weapons. >> the wach doll sent -- watchdog sent inspectors in. syria met two deadlines. last week they submitted a plan outlining how it would destroy chemical weapons reserve. on thursday, a day before the deadline it was announced that
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syria destroyed the equipment needed to create new chemical weapons. the next deadline is the middle of this month, where the formal plan will need to be approved by the intersectional atomic chemical agent's committee. part of that will be how the government will destroy 1,000 tonnes of toxic agents. that's in order to meet the deadline of destroying its stockpile by next year. >> we have breaking news from syria. israeli war planes hit a shipment from russia to the syrian port of latakia. the shippment was said to be russian missiles. we cannot confirm the report at this time. as soon as we have more information we will bring it to you. >> earlier we spoke with michael luhan, the spokesman for the organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons, about the steps moving forward. . >> there's a variety of technological options for
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destroying chemical weapons, in the case of syria there's advantages going into this because almost all of their stockpile is stored in bulk. that is to say the chemical weapons agent itself, the sarin, the bx, the sulphur mustard is stored in bulk. in the case of their sarin stock people, it's stored in the form of the two binary precursor chemicals. that being the case the chemicals will be safer, less risky to move out of syria for destruction - an option which is under discussion. >> the u.s. hopes the weapons will be destroyed on schedule by the end of june 2014. hundreds of people fleeing syria are being turned back at the border. others are being deported, according to an amnesty international report. 2 million refugees fled syria since the civil war began in
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2011. many call turkey, jordan home. 800,000 people are living in jordan. a critical deadline was met. fighting on the ground has not stopped. we'll hear a portion of the ambassador to syria - he's on capitol hill. >> a new ruling allowing passengers to use most electronic devices gate to gate. >> i know it's big news. host most of us are familiar with the instruction from the flight attendant - once the door closes, "please turn off electronic devices, they must be off for taxi and takeoff. we'll let you know when we can turn back on." the notice to turn on is 10,000 feet, about 15 minutes into the flight. the restrictions covered
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laptops, cell phones, ereaders, tablets and game devices. until now, unless you have been cheating there has been no calls or text at any time, or listening to music, playing games on devices until the captain says so, at 10,000 feet. after a year of having a committee study the various electronic devices on the plane's electronics, the fai is recommending to the airlines that passengers be allowed to use the devices any time you want. it means everything is okay to use. the one catch is your mobile device has to be in airplane mode. this means you will not be able to make phone calls or send texts, and you will only get internet access through the airplane's wi-fi, which will not come on until 10,000 feet. tony, if you were writing the next proposal for a trip to antig it ua or watching your favourite book "hairspray', or
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reading a book you are good to go. you'll have to stou it for takeoff and landing in the pouch in front of the seat. >> i think you guys know how much time we spend together. how soon does that take effect. >> delta and jett blue say they are ready for your trip to antigua by this weekend. the rest is the end of the year. >> i just missed the national day. >> tomorrow could be a difficult day for the more than 23 million american households relying on supplemental food aid or food stamps. the program is set to face cuts. tom aker went to the poorest -- ackerman went to the poorest county to learn the impact. >> for two hours each week this food charity is a busy place.
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the midpoint of all household income in this all-white rural county is the lowest in thest. the foodbank is crowded towards the end of each month as government aid money runs low. single mother rose works 30 hours a week at a private charity to earn her benefits under the supplemental nutrition aid program, known as food stamps. >> it's like assistance until i can get back to work and get a job and be financially independent again. >> rose is among a record 48 million americans who shop for groceries by producing a government issued benefits card. she'll have to stretch her allowance when it drops to $1.40 per meal - less than the price of a cup of coffee at a str bucks in the u.s. >> barack obama's agenda of
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higher taxes on the rich and extended fax for the needy should have higher appeal. >> president obama gave mitt romney more than 70% of its vote last year. it's been voting for republicans since 1996. >> this is how we set up the store. >> they include a democrat who runs her own charity that packs free lunches for hundreds of local schoolkids. she says the hunger is genuine but is worse because of reliance on welfare payments. >> 40-45" of people don't work with families. a lot of parents are on drugs. they get ssr checks and foodstamps and cash it in at the store for buying soda pops. >> but she says cutting food stamps hurts the truly needy, including seniors. >> some people think everyone that draws foodstamps are trying to live off the system, and they
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are not thinking about people, in my case, that had to. it will hurt them tremendously. >> the u.s. house of representatives voted to cut billions from foodstamp services over the next few years. among those voting yes, the republicans and these countie. >> john terrett is here - there was a lot more to the story than just food stamps. >> i think there is very little doubt low income americans are going to feel an immediate effect went the temporary foodstamp boost comes to an end tomorrow, friday. there could be a wider economic effect. the change leaves 48 million americans with 16 billion less in their pockets over the next three years. that, according to the center on budget and policy priorities. now, it's discounters and dollar
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stores and gas stations, where low income americans tend to shop that are bracing themselves to take a hit at the time when the u.s. economy is struggling to get over the 2008 financial collapse. from friday benefits for a family of four receiving the maximum food stamp allotment drops by 5.4%, the equivalent of $36 per month, and that works out to be $420 per year, according to the u.s. department of agriculture that has done the match. of course it matters to poor families around the country, but it matters to all of us. according to moody's anna littics every $1 spent in the form of a food stamp in a shop in this country generates $1.73 worth of what they call gdp, economic growth. this is what economists refer to as the multiplier effect which is explained by saying when they take the money in the cash is
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distributed throughout the economy of the store, the sally of the checkout person -- salary of the checkout person and security guard and the store gets revenue to buy goods to sell us down the road. put in its simplest form foodstamps are an immediate way of stimulating the economy. that will be dented by friday's reductions, and more cuts are on the horizon. congress is discussing the farm bill. 80% of the farm bill is made up of the cost of the foodstamp program. the house passed a bill that will cut foodstamps by 5%, and the senate is seeking a similar trimming over the same period. it's the same debate. rub cans want to bring down the deficit by cutting bark. the democrats loathe that because it has an effect on poor people. >> particularly if it doesn't come with a revenue enhancer to offset it. thank you. john terant. >> agriculture secretary
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oversees the food stamp program. he spoke to ali velshi about efforts to cut the program further. >> this is part of the safety net not just for struggling families, but since farmers receive $0.15 out of every dollar, it's about farm income. if people understand who benefits from the program, they'll see it's unacceptable to disqualify 2-3 million, which is what republicans are proposing. viel sack is defending the system from those saying it is filled with fraud. we'll have more on how the cut to foodstamps could affect the country on "real money" o here on john. >> iraqi prime minister nouri al-maliki is making a visit to the u.s. he's asking for help to end the violence that killed thousands of iraqis. mike viqueira joins us.
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the prime minister talked about the impact of the violence facing his country. what did he have to say. >> it's a difficult time for iraq politically and internally. there are political rough waters for nouri al-maliki, as he arrives in washington for the visit. a group of republican and democrat senators accuse nouri al-maliki of leading iraq into another war, of mismanagement, iraqi policy, persecution of the sunni minority, allowing iran overflight rights to help the assad government in neighbouring syria. nouri al-maliki came here, he's concerned about terrorism, as is the administration. it increased over the course of the last several month, into the last year. nouri al-maliki discounts reports or the perception among many americans that it is sunni and shia violence. he says it's al qaeda staging from areas in syria that are controlled now.
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lawless but controlled by al qaeda elements. here is what he had to say at the u.s. institute of peace. >> >> translation: had we not had to face terror, we would have moved forward way more than we did so far in building the developed iraqi state. nonetheless while fighting terrorism, we move forward. iraq is one of the main countries in developing in rebuilding in ex-exports and so on. without terrorism, we would have leaped forward in providing services to our people. >> how likely is it that nouri al-maliki will get the aid he requests. ? >> he met with vice president joe biden twice in his visit, including this afternoon here at the white house.
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what they are requesting, the iraqi government, is military aid. they want to heavy up in the fight against terrorism. they have been asking for apache helicopters and other military hardware. the white house is somewhat receptive, can they get the request past the hill. >> mike viqueira for us on - at the white house. appreciate it. president obama is courting business and government leaders from around the world. he has tried to convince them to invest in the united states. randall pinkston joins us from washington, where the president spoke earlier. what is new about the program? >> well, traditionally states and localities have been the principal agents for bringing foreign dollars into the u.s. the obama administration select usa program is trying to do what other nations have done for years, that is the federal government will be the principal agent for coordinating and attracting investments to the u.s. very bornt. $168 billion in foreign direct
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investment into our country. >> we should find out why there's no substitute for the proud words, "made in america", here is three for, "select the usa." when you do, you'll find some of the world's best workers, innovative entrepreneurs, a government and a president who's committed to helping you create more good jobs. >> the president says they'll need a minimal aappropriation from the congress of $25 million. if they don't get the money, it will continue, because bringing foreign money into the u.s. is important for creating american jobs. >> randall pinkston in washington for us. good to see you. thank you. >> i'm a metrologist. the watch this morning, along
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with a warning and damage reports from the line of storms that moved through texas, louisiana, and now pushing into mississippi. all the dots are individual reports of damage coming in from the international weather service. flooding in texas, wind and tornados from louisiana. one or two tornados, reports from that state. all the warnings from flooding. the rain has moved out, still watch in effect, we'll watch the line and show you what it means for the national forecast. that coming up later. >> it has claimed for than 5 million lives, there may be an end in sight to the bloodiest war since world war ii. we have an al jazeera report from the front lines. >> why some teens are not using facebook as much. i'll have that story coming up.
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breaking news in new york,
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the stop and frisk ruling - a federal appeals rule blocked it, ending an nypd tactic and removed the judge from the case. the nypd chief and bloomberg argues that the target does not racially profile suspects and helps to keep crime at history ig lows -- historic lows. new york's ban on the stop and frisk tactic have been blocked by a federal court. >> facebook took a hit after the company acknowledged teens are using the social media site less. the stock recovered but questions remain, we have more with maria. >> technically you have to be 13 to sign up for facebook. keep in mind it's hard to know if a user is telling the truth about their age. facebook cfo says that last quarter usage of facebook among
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teens was stable but there was a decrease in users, specifically among younger teens. this is important. in the past facebook pushed back on the idea that teens may not be as into the site as they were. alex from verge says, "the landscape for social media is different." >> today there are hundreds if not thousands of ways to share photos, text and video with your friends. by virtue of the fact there are choice, and they don't have parents on them - like facebook - people are choosing other things. >> if your parents are on it, it's not cool. that jars with what some teens say. ruby is a 13-year-old, she's a blogger, and she says, "i'm 13, none of my friends use facebook." she says, "it's because parents have it, and we want what is trending. if facebook is not trending, teens won't care", what do they care about? twitter is the
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number one site for teernings according to -- teens, according to a survey. they are using instagram. this is our metrologists page, and he took a picture of the media. instagram was bought by facebook. they are using snap-chat, this is popular among teens. they send images, once they are seen, they are erased. 350 million images are sent on snapchat every single day. >> wow, wow, wow. okay. i'm going to take this up with eric platt. joining us to talk about facebook's earnings and the company's direction. eric is a financial reporter with "'financial times'" 24 hour news service "fast ft." good to see you. is facebook a hit with teens? >> on a broad basis it is >> usage of facebook among u.s. teens was stable, stable, eric,
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is not growth, but we saw a decrease in daily users, specifically among younger teens so, is it still hip with teens? >> i think, and a lot of nalts think that facebook is going a job of monetising the teens and keeping them around. they are not coming back on a daily basis. they may be using instagram or pinterest. facebook doesn't own that. that's the hope that they use one of these products, they are on print rest and sharing on facebook. >> what is the balancing act that needs to be struck by facebook. they get a lot of funny with ads through the mobile devices. but, but, if you use the ads you run the risk of young people disliking the service and not enjoying the experience. but investors love the revenue. what is the balance that needs to be truck. >> it comes down to the quality
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of the ads. if you look at the instagram, they are beautifully shot facts. if that's how the toiments are presented -- advertisements are presented, it's like watching television, high quality. if they are degraded, over employed there could be an exodus or backlash. >> how much of a threat to facebook are the other challenges - the twitters of the world, pinterest and snap chat - how much of a threat. >> right now pinterest doesn't have a revenue, twitter is growi growing. they'll ipo next week. not yet, facebook is taking the share. >> thank you, eric. good to talk to you. michael eaves is here with sports. one of hockey's best goalies is facing serious charges. michael. >> colorado avalanche colie
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syrian was released from gaol after an arrest on suspicion of secondary kidnapping and third degree assault after allegedly kicking his girlfriend in the chest and dragging her by the chair. he is 7-1 - he has been allowed to travel with the team for the game in dallas. >> in baseball mar roxas continue to sel -- red sox continue to celebrate thanks to ortiz and this most viable player. ortiz at 688 with two home runs and 6 rups reaching base in 19 of his 25-plate appearances. any player with 50 world series plate appearance, ortiz has the best average at 454. that's another reason to call him big pat. >> softball players would love the average. >> they'd love it. >> coming up - and soon there
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may be an end to the longest war in african history, malcolm webb has the exclusive report. israeli city divided, tensions rise between the ultra orthodox and residents.
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welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm tony harris in new york looking at the stop stories. . a federal appeals court blocked a judges ruling that the nypd tactic known as stop and frisk. the court removed the jug from the case. judge shynnland ruled a tactic on unfairly tarted minorities. >> breaking news on syria - israeli war planes hit a shipment from russia. the shipment was said to be of russian missiles. when al jazeera reached the white house - officials would not comment.
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>> syria met a deadline to destroy its chemical weapons. a spokesman for the organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons says they are inoperable. congress got an update. u.s. ambassador to syria, robert ford testified. he talked about the state of the assad regime and the opposition. >> the conflict in syria is a grinding war of attrition. the regime is suffering mann power shortages. for that reason it brought in foreign fighters were hezbollah, from the iran revolutionary guard corp and iraqi shia militia men. the moderate opposition that we support is fighting on two fronts - both against the regime and against militants, extremists linked to al qaeda in iraq. >> a ford and senior state department officials fought back against criticism that the u.s. has no strategy to end the conflict. more from washington.
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>> robert ford recollects the u.s. ambassador to syria ran into a barrage of criticism from democratic and republican. he testified about the obama administration to deal with the war in syria. ford had to answer questions about why the humanitarian situation in syria and neighbouring countries is getting worse by the hour. he had to answer questions about why it is the syrian opposition hasn't been able to get its act together to present a united front at a scheduled peace negotiations with the assad government. ford had to field many questions about whether the assad regime was somehow getting a cover from its main ally and protector russia, because it has been able to hold off the opposition's efforts to overthroe the regime in this lengthy civil war. ford's message was that the u.s. was trying to do things in
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concert with other countries, not go it alone, to coin a phrase, and he tried to make the point that he and his fellow members of the state department are personally frustrated by the loss of life and by the rampant spread of illness in the refugee population in the countries surrounding syria. that was not good enough for the senators. they want to see concrete action, preferably some robust military intervention, but the obama administration is going to have a difficult time trying to persuade the american public that such a step would be warranted, especially because it believes political solutions are a better way to end the conflicts. >> lawmakers debated strategy in washington d.c., the war in syria continues with no end in sit. james bays joins us from the u.n. help me sort through the issues.
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the chemical weapons inspectors finished the first phase of the job. what comes next? >> well, they did this ahead of schedule, they had a deadline for 1 november to stop all the production facilities of chemical weapons, and make it impossible for syria to produce any more chemical weapons. that has been done. i think the - those involved, the u.n. and the organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons believe it really has been done, and they are happy. in many ways that is the easy part, tony. the more difficult part is all of those chemical weapons that they have. that is 1,000 metric tonnes of chemical weapons - war heads, munitio munitions, sarin, mustard gas - they have to find a way of getting the munitions and probably taking them out of syria and destroying them. the problem at the moment is they don't have a country that wants to do that job, that wants
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to host the deconstruction, destruction of the chemical weapons. >> so, james, look, we have a situation here - there was a lot of testimony on krill about syria -- capitol hill about syria and where things stand. there's clearly a deal being worked through to ultimately destroy syria's chemical weapons stockpiles. and yet we are getting reports - and you are well aware of them as well - that russia continues to supply the regime with conventional weapons. here is a bit of the testimony on that subject today, then let's talk about it. >> senator, i have actually never seen a detailed estimate of the dollar value of it. i want say this - that assist substantial. that it has increased from a year ago. there are more deliveries. and in some cases they are miltairily extremely
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significant. for example, general adris was telling me about how the refurbished syrian air force jets - they don't have many - the ones they have, when refurbished make a huge difference. so i think the russians would help everyone get to the negotiating table faster if they stob the deliveries of -- stop the deliveries. >> the rush jps are supplying the -- russians are supplying the regime with conventional weapons - no surprise there, we have known that for a period of time. we are no closer to ending the war. what about the geneva ii conference. is that going to happen? >> things are getting worse apart from the chemical weapons. some say the kep scrons is good, but -- chemical weapons is good, but for the world it's almost been a distraction and people are not focussing on the problem.
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the political track - i'll come to that - and the humanitarian situation which is so desperate in syria. the syrian government is allowing people to go to the kepton site, but relief workers can't get in to parts of syria, or the parts of syria where there's an oat break of pol -- outbreak of polio. grim news on the political straight. trying to get both sides around the table - there's a date set for the peace conference. it doesn't look at the moment that anyone will come along the the syrian government says it will attend. when it has had its meetings in damascus with the u.n., it's clear that there are all sorts of conditions behind the scenes, and the syrian opposition don't say they are coming. it doesn't look like the peace conference on november the 22nd will happen. we think it will slip. >> take this one on for me if you would. >> ambassador ford said the
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syrian opposition has no strategy in place. is part of the problem that the u.s. strategy is different from the saudi strategy, which is different from the turkish strategy, which is different from the russian strategy. it seems everyone has their own interests in syria, and there is no unified coherent strategy on how to end this. . >> you have put your finger on it. there's division in every camp on the western side, along with arab allies, deep division. i suspect - you never see it in syria, if you were to publicly say you disagreed with things, you get into trouble. there's division behind the scenes within damascus, you saw the deputy prime minister fired a few days ago for talking to the americans. even in washington i think there's division. you saw ambassador ford speaking today. we are told behind the scenes lots of reports that ambassador ford doesn't actually wholly
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agree with secretary of state john kerry on all this. john kerry and his russian counterpart recollects prime minister lav roff is keen, but ambassador ford has misgivings. >> james bays, good to talk to you. >> it has taken 18 months for the democratic republic of congo to put down a rebellion by some former soldier. government soldiers have taken a down from the m23 rebels. the fighters took it over but lost it after a government offensive. malcolm webb was with the congolese soldiers for the final assault in this exclusive report. day breaks. it's time to fight. a volley of rockets fired at the m23 rebels boosts moral. the congolese soldiers have a long way to go. the rebel fighters still hold a
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20km stretch of road surrounded by hills and bush. at the end lies the last rebel stronghold - the town of bunagana. it's on the border and uganda. >> i'm just cleaning my gun, because i want to fight m23. m23 are not strong. our mission is to chase them over the border. >> they don't know what resistance they'll find on the way. but they soon find out. some are terrified. most just keep moving forward. between fire-fights. they are well received in the villages. beatrice things things are about to get better. >> if the government takes back bunagana, all the rely tifs who are refugees can come back. under m23 it was tough.
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>> it's time to resupply. the confidence grows. then another gun battle. again, the rebels flee. they were trying to defend this bridge. then they tried to burn it to stop tanks from passing. but the strategy fails. the advance gathers momentum. on the outskirts of the town, there's a handful of rebels left. they are seen off by a blast of heavy machine-gun fire from the solediers. >> finally they reached bunagana. the town is deserted. the villagers have fled. there's a bit of gunfire in the hills. the commander says it's over. they've taken the last rebleel strong hold. doesn't mean they can't hide in the hills, that's the last town
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they have control of. >> minutes later the street is flooded with delighted residents. the rebels were not popular here. people say they stole, killed and raped. after more than a year of living under their rule, there's a sense of relief and celebration. amazing. tension is rising in an israeli city. it is between the orthodox, ultra-orthodox and the rest of the community. clashes on the streets and a controversial mayoral election has beit shemesh divided. stefanie dekker has the story. >> they are the ultra-orthodox living devout and private lives to strict rules. here in beit shemesh it's an issue for other residents. >> this is the haradi part of the city.
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>> daniel goldman has been living here for 13 years. he shows us around the city which he says is changing. he wants to bring up his five children in a diverse nab ou our hood, but not one that guesses restrictions on the way they want to live their lives. >> what they see is a large population moving in, new building projects, specifically directed towards the needs of the haradi population, which whatever time it takes means they'll have a majority in the city. that will be difficult to see how the needs of the rest of us will be taken care of. >> this is the result of that mutual mistrust, the ultra orthodox and the liberals fight in the streets. the election for beit shemesh's mayor caused controversy. large protests took place against the winner. he won by a narrow margin over his moderate challenger.
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police are investigating allegations that the vote was rigged in his favour. what is happening in beit shemesh reflects a wider debate in this country - it's about the identity of the state. religious and secular israelis are concerned their live styles could be affected. for now people in beit shemesh hope a compromise can be reached. >> where a lifestyle and rules are not imposed on the other which is not the case. >> in extreme cases outside some sina gogs you may see a sign asking women to cross to the other side of the street. part of the conflict over the last couple of years are people saying, "it's illegal to do that." in israel you cannot discriminate against a man or a woman for walking in this or that particular way. >> there is also a concern that if the city continues on its current path, that in
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10-15 years the non-haradi will be forced to leave. >> maria is here with other stories making headlines. >> thank you. many americans are struggling to find work, you may be surprised who just got a new gig. nsa leaker edward snowden has a new job in russia. he has been hired by a major russian website and will begin working tomorrow. the company name is not being released. >> the u.s. plans to increase cooperation with jap yn in cleaning up the fukushima nuclear plant, a series of issues including radioactive water and leeks from storage tanks add to concerns about tokyo's power company to shut down the plant. the u.s. energy secretary is due to visit the fukushima nuclear plant tox. >> a dallas company is under fire for allowing a permit to hunt a rhino. the fund raiser could bring in
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there 1 million that would go towards protecting the species. animal rights are going ballistic. the auction will take place in january. >> it's halloween. hear is a place you wouldn't expect to here ghost stories. the white house. stories have been part of it for a century. many shared ghostly encounters with departed presidents, including andrew rehabilitationon, abraham lincoln and abba gale. >> are you dressing up? >> no, i'm turning the lights out, i'm not giving candy. i would like to trick or treat at the white house, that would be cool. >> coming up - a remarkable story how a terrible boating accident could create an opportunity with spine injuries to walk again.
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welcome back. a horrible boating accident nearly killed a woman from a miami area, and gave doctors a remarkable opportunity - the world's first nerve graph. it was so new fda approval was needed to perform it. >> it was supposed to be an enjoyable day of boating in the bay. the boat's propelar sliced danielle's leg. doctors were not focused on saving her leg when she arrived at the hospital, but saving her life. >> we didn't expect the injury to be devastating and serious. she was coming in shock. she was on the brink of collapse. >> as a police chief, he was in this scenario thousands of
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times. it didn't prepare him for what he saw. >> seeing your daughter in that state - i have spent my entire life and career helping families through this type of thing. never had to look at my own. it was devastating. once stablilized doctors saw an opportunity to help restore movement to her battered leg. the boat propeller severed the sciatic nerve. it's a large nerve controlling movement and feeling in the leg. they told her they wanted her to be the first person in the world to undergo a nerve graph. >> to have a chance to do something extraordinary or be a part of something bigger than myself was a great feeling. >> the plan was to first take the standard approach of using press's nerves to prepare the sye attic serve. it would be difficult to find donor nerves to repair that area. that's where the ground breaking
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surgery came in. we took cells isolated from her nerve, grown and cultured and put back into the nerve to give her more nerve material. >> it's been two weeks since press underwent the nerfe regenration surgery. doctors say recovery will be measured in years with physiotherapy ahead. >> it's a long way from where the nerve was insewered to get down to the -- injured to get down to the foot. it's two feet. the nerves grow at about an inch a month. this repair strategy will give her sensation back in the leg, and will hopefully giver some motor recovery. >> it's too soon to determine how much of the leg will recover, she is grateful and determined. >> until then i take every day as a gift, i guess, and try to get through it the best i can. >> press is a pioneer in nerve
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craft surgery. doctors hope her case will be a breakthrough for people with spinal cord injuries and hope to use the surgery to court paralysis. michael eaves is here. how good a city is boston, if you are a professional athlete these days? >> if you are a good athlete, it may be the best city in the country in terms of where you should play. ustrinski, orr. brady, some of the most loved. after winning a third world title with the red sox, add david ortiz. the all-star designated hitter, big poppy, set a record with four walks. a response by the cardinals who saw him with two home run, six runs batted in and a 688 average
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and 760 on base percentage. that performance earned him the world series most valuable player award. >> winning the world series is special. it might be the most special out of all the world series i've been part of, to be honest with you. i have to say that god they are left the kids alone of the we've been through a lot of situations, you know, even when people were trying to do the right thing to some others, it looked like it was the wrong thing to do. the unexpected shows up. and sometimes bad things have to happen for us to get the message, and we got the message. we stay, stay together. and it shows the whole world that this is the best country of every place. >> in the nfl one of the hottest teams in the lead, the
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cincinnati bengals travelled to miami seeking a win. there was a conversation about whether the bingles should be considered among the top super bowl contenders. >> when had began they were 22nd in total offence, and they are ninth, there's no questions about andy dalton's future as a quarterback. he's been good in the past four becames, all of which the bengals woun. 7% completion, 11 touchdowns. they needed an offence. they are flying under the radar. people are knowing who they are. >> the kansas city chiefs - they won eight games, can they make it nine against the buffalo bills. they could we looking ahead to denver in a couple of weeks. >> they haven't won here sips 1986. they haven't blown out opponents and the opponents are 20 and 41 - the teams they have beaten.
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they have not beaten a team with a winning record. they haven't done it by big margins. three of the vilent ris were by -- victoria ris were by -- victories were by eight points. though go to denver, san diego at home and denver again. two of the next three will be tough. >> you cover the cowboys, is the media overreacting to des-brian's passionate outburst. >> des is a passion ail player, an e -- passionate player, anemotional player. it looked worse than it was. the cowboys are fine with des. they want him to channel the emotion, instead of making it look like what it does, and take the focus away from the team, and have him focus on what he needs to do. they have addressed that and feel he'll do that going forward. >> you got a chance to speak to viking' adrian peterson.
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how is he dealing with the death of his 2-year-old son, while trying to reach his goal of rushing to 2400 yards. >> he said a lot of bad things happened since the 78 yards. it's been downhill. on the field it's been tough. he's eight carries and 81 yards behind what he did last season when he almost set the single season rushing record. he had far more carries of 3 yards or less. the problem is superman cip tonne item is the caro sell that the vibings had at the quarterback position. adrian acknowledged unless the quarterback position is fixed, where they can have passing yards and throw the ball down the field teams will stack the line against him and he's not going to be able to do what he wants in helping the vikings win. >> the seattle sea hawks are flying high. they need help at the receiver's spot. will percy make his debut on sunday.
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>> it doesn't look good for percy harvon. he returned to practice a week ago tuesday. they thought he recovered from the trip. he made the trip to st louis, did some run, and since then not a lot. concern about where he is. they need him. they had 91 passing yards against st louis. they rank near the bottom in passing offence they have lost a player for the season in what could be the last game as a seattle sea hawk. they need per centie har -- percy harvin on the peopled. it does not look good. >> football is a violent sport. it takes guys out by a myriad of ways and injuries to legs and concussion. >> we love it as a society. we love it. >> it would be great if we keep the high price talents that we tlov watch -- love to watch. >> when we come back, dave
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weather. . stormy south-east for the nest few hours, a line of storms producing flooding in texas, inches of rain came down. you see the flood reports coming in in east texas. as the storm moved through louisiana intensified into a line, getting wind damage and tornados through central louisiana. here is where it is now and will move east. tornado watch - no more warnings, but the threat is there for the storms to spin up an isolated tornado. heavy rain comes down, flash flooding and flooding a problem across the south-east. 4-6 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. this area will continue to push east as the front moves through. warm air ahead of it. warm temperatures over the next few hours, followed by rain and a cool down over the weekend. a look at the headlines is coming up.
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s this is al jazeera america live from new york city, i'm tony harris with a look at the top stories. >> there are reports that israeli war planes hit a shipment from russia at the syrian port of latakia. the shipment was said to be russian missiles. the white house wouldn't comment. >> the organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons today said the facilities to make chemical weapons are inoperable. >> a federal appeals court blocked a judge's ruling that blocked the nypd tactic known as stop and frisk. june shynnland ruled the tactic unfairly targeted


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