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>> welcome to al-jazeera, i'm del walters. syria gives the okay for u.n. weapons inspectors to look at the site of the chemical attacks. battle wildfires out west. >> syria will allow u.n. weapons inspectors to the site of the chemical weapons attack.
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the u.n. will begin those inspections tomorrow. syria has declared a ceasefire to allow the inspectors a safe passage to the sites. this seems to be a case of he said-she said. how will the weapons inspectors be able to ferret this out? >> well, they will be allowed to get a good amount of work done. russia and iran told them they had to let the inspectors in, then syria backed down and said yes, they would allow the u.n. inspectors to go back inside syria. if everything goes as planned, we could know as early as tomorrow afternoon who is
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responsible for this attack. as long as the attacks are seized on the ground, they will be allowed to figure out in the next 24 hours to get the work done and determine who was using the chemical weapons. >> we are seeing some items there, things that would be used in a chemical attack. are they confident they will be able to find out exactly who used those? >> the other independent source we're working from here is a doctor from doctors without borders from lebanon here. they have not been able to declare what chemical was responsible for the 355 people killed by this attack but they
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should be able to determine what kind of attack it was and if is government launched the chemical weapon attack, it was a different type of chemical than if the rebels did. they will be able to determine that as they go in tomorrow and thereafter shortly be able to determine who used the weapons. >> a white house official says there is very little doubt that chemical weapons were used by the government against the civilian population. live in washington, reaction is coming in from around the world to these attacks. mike? >> well, the administration
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reacting dismiss sievely -- dismissively to allow the u.n. inspectors to go in but others say it is too late. anything that could be gained access to by the u.n. team would be too old to be determined credible. as far as the administration is concerned, the idea that the chemical weapons were deployed by the sad -- assad regime and as many as two, three days ago, senior administration officials were saying it is too late to obtain evidence to determine
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those facts. foreign affairs and foreign relations committees in the house saying it is time for action. there is a possibility of a surgical strike against the assad regime, cruise missiles. the navy has moved ships into the region. those that were scheduled to rotate are being detained longer. >> president obama has asked the defense department to prepare options for all contingencies. we are prepared to exercise whatever option, if he decides
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to deploy those options. >> reporter: now, as long as two years ago, some called for military action against asad and we have no evidence that going forward although it will be one of the things considered. the ability to detect chemical weapons the president has said is in the interests of the united states but not necessarily evidence for war which would seem to be in assad's favor. thank you very much. there is a new poll that shows like the white house, many americans are cautious about getting involved in another military event in the middle east. only 25% of americans said they
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would support any intervention, 45% oppose it and 29% say they don't know or are unsure. there have been evacuations in and around yo yosemite national park where the fire is only 7% contained it. threatens 45,000 homes and businesses around the park and now concern for the hydroelectric plant providing power to california and greater san francisco. you can see the flames next to the reservoir that has been shut down for safety reasons. melissa chan is in tuolumne
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county, california. melissa, what are you seeing there? >> we went with our crew in search of fire and came upon fire in our trip and saw firefighters trying to beat back flames from the road and we all fell back. 7% may seem impossible but it is higher than 0 or 2% containment so it is an improvement. >> fighting a fire, isn't like you work eight hours and then take a break and come back. how long are the shifts for firefighters? >> well, firefighters work anywhere from 8-24 hours and it is a very long shift that they have. part of the reason is they are
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in remote locations, very steep terrain here in yosemite of course. and now there are more firefighters coming in to assist and with more resources, hopefully that will make a difference in containment. >> talking about mandatory evacuations. what is the situation on that right now. >> from what we understand there are no longer any mandatory evacuations and residents are being allowed back, those that did leave. while some of the fire has been
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beat back, it is now moving north and into new neighborhoods. >> and what effect does that have on the power plants? >> good question. there are three hydroelectric power plants in the area. in total they provide 16% of the electricity to san francisco. they say they can go out on the market and buy in your power to make up for that. in terms of the water service, they can draw on other resources as well. so good news and bad news, they can call other resources up but a full containment any time soon, we won't be seeing that.
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ndigit al hasan faced the final stages of h he is trial on friday, convicted of premeditated murder. he could be the first soldier to be executed by the u.s. for the shooting spree of unarmed soldiers in 2009 in fort hood texas. hosni mubarak called to court as tensions continue across egypt. and people return to iraq, those gassed by chemical weapons there. that story when we return. and the heat wave continues with few breaks.
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to know. >> i'm ali velshi and this is "real money." this is "america tonight." sglovrjs our -- >> our news coverage reveal more of america's stories. welcome back to al-jazeera. i'm del walters. there are more accusations by snowden on nsa spying. he says 450 communications from the u.n. headquarters were also
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compromised. and at this hour, a train has derailed in russia -- mexico injuring commuters but it can not be determined what caused the derailment. the trial of hosni mubarak was adjourned until september 14th. here is jonathan betz with more on the court hearings today. >> two big stories here in court
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today concerning hosni mubarak. the first one, the charges for the deaths of protestors for the uprising in 2011. he appears in court wearing sunglasses and in a cage. there were questions as to whether he would appear in court but he did to make it clear to the court and those watching as it is streamed across egypt that
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he will face those charges. meanwhile, morsi's hearing was very brief. charges were simply read and he did not appear. he remains in jail in an unknown location and has not been given access to an attorney. if confirmed, last week's gas attack in syria would be the worst of its kind since assan took over power in syria. >> rising into the air like a set of hands, giant fingers representing the connection to the day of attack.
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the monument under repair but the people will not forget what happened here. the memorial speaks volumes showing the silent fatality of the a chemical attack. images that have become famous and decades later have not lost the ability to shock. the attack of saddam hussein's regime launched a war in the area, hiring ajid known as "chemical ali" to carry out the attacks. he is shown here, noosed and on display. this individual was just 11 when the attack happened.
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his grandmother died. >> i felt it was happening all over again. this cannot be repeated over again. this kind of attack. [ speaking foreign language ] >> even as the buildings have been rebuilt, the evidence fades but memories don't. serin is said to have been the chemical used in syria. if that is to be the case, there could be residue everywhere. >> for example when we're talking about the effects, the chemical will affect the genes of the human being.
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>> this cemetery from the chemical attack once again reminding people of the suffering. there was a long wait for inspectors to confirm that chemical attack. they say a long wait in syria must not be allowed to happen. j.d. salinger works to be released.
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welcome back to al-jazeera,
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i'm del walters. at this hour, u.n. inspectors are encould you tell to examine the site of the chemical weapons attack. and wind could hamper firefighters in northern california. they are already deployed in yosemite park trying to keep a small number of trees that are believed to be the oldest on the planet earth unburned. and there is serious flooding in china. soldiers moved in on saturday to move villagers to safety. and nor a look at the weather across the nation, we now turn to jalelah. >> the weather across the nation
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pretty dry while we continue to see a lot of rain across florida. unfortunately we will not be seeing that in the northwest. red flag warnings in effect till tomorrow. very drive terrain, brush, fuels instigated by the wind. across the southwest, the heaviest moisture up the i-17 and i-40, expected on into the early afternoon and evening hours as far as stability. use precaution if you are
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traveling there. as we make our way to the southeast, you will see showers across the eastern part of the east gulf coast. a tropical storm warning in effect and we could see some gusty winds in effect with those storms. across the gulf of mexico, a 50% chance to see this area of low pressure form into a tropical storm in the next 48 hours. that will continue to track to the west and provide much-needed moisture. and as i said, this very obnoxious front across the southeast flats, southern portions of florida from, jacksonville into new orleans.
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now in the north-central plains, it is an extremely hot day, even in minneapolis. for the next several days, it will remain very hot, a lot of instability with the weather. potentially severe thunderstorms across central portions of minnesota as we track them, if anything changess, we'll update you. now back to you. >> now to tell you about a place of hope and it is not, by any accident, not far from phenom peng. >> a new species of bird discovered through a
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collaboration of three groups. >> howie found the bird in 2012, didn't know it was. then asis discovered it in early june. >> it was found to be a descend dent of the existing taylor bird feces and proved it was indeed a new species. we're about a highly map outside the largest city and where the bird was first spotted inside a remote area. the bird hiding in plain sight could be drawn out by playing a recording of its song. >> the main reason is the places it lives aren't very interesting.
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most of the birds that live here are very common birds, the type that you would pay no attention to. already we get hundreds of bird watchers every year coming through cambodia. and nobody has ever seen this before. >> they asked the bird be classified as near threatened so the building boom in the city could be threatened. elmore leonard died before finishing his 46th novel. his son says he talked to the family about finishing the
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novel. he died at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke. and we may soon learn what author j.d. salinger was working on before his death. between 2015 and 2020, there will be five additional works of his, revisiting "catcher in the rye", popular for so many young readers who were told they had to read this book at required reading. and it will draw on the author's world war ii experience. the last salinger novel produced in the 1960s when the author withdraw from public life. he died at the age of 91. we want to thank each and every one of you and as always, you
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can check out al-jazeera 24 hours on our website and continue to follow the unfolding events in syria. >> muhammad shuvo is about to die.

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