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hello and welcome to al jazerra. >> we are looking at the possibility of a limited act. >> the u.s. prepares for a strike against syria. meanwhile in syria's largest city, school children killed were burned by what's described of a bomb strike. and as it heats up, israelis line up to get their hands on gas masks.
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president obama said he has not decided how to respond. he calls the use of chemical weapons a threat to american security and to the security of u.s. allies. the president says he wants what he calls limited a*bs. >> we're not considering any open ended commitment. we're not considering any boots on the ground approach. what we will do is consider options that meet the narrow concern around chemical weapons understanding that there's not going to be a solely military solution to the under lying conflict and tragedy that's taking place in syria. >> our mike joins us from the white house. what more did the president say about what's needed in syria. >> the white house told us that
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the president continues those consultations with allies he's pokeen to a number of days since that chemical attack in syria. the president having consultations perhaps one last time. after the events of today, we first heard from john kerry, the secretary of state, he laid tout case presented that intelligence report declassified four pages wort were maps that were four separate chemical attacks on that day, august 21st. the president talked about war weariness. this is the most openly the president talked about a possibility of a military strike. it seemed a conclusion at this point. let's listen to what the president had to say. were confident -- we are confident that we can provide congress all the input that they need. we're mindful of that and we can
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have serious conversations with our allies and our friends around the world about this but ultimately we don't want the world to be paralyzed and part of the challenge we end up here is a lot of people think something should be done but nobody wants to do it. >> reporter: john kerry laid tout case. he had new figures. the emerge intelligence services, 1429 people were killed in that attack. 12 separate attacks that day. 426 children. they intercepted communications around that time from a top official in the syrian government expressing concern about the u.n. inspectors being on to them after the attack. ththe intelligence officials say that in the three days leading up to the attack they detected the preparations.ing made on part of the syrian government. elements that had control of those chemical weapons getting
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ready for an attack. let's listen to a little more of secretary kerry. we know where the rockets were launched from and at what time. we know where they landed and when. we know rockets came only from regime-controlled areas and went only to opposition-controlled or contested neighborhoods and we know, as does the world, that just 90 minutes later all hell broke losbroke loose in the soc. >> reporter: there is france. ten years ago there was backlash between frank -fp and the government. now viva la france. that i are standing by america's side. the u.k. and that shocking vote in parliament not coming along with the united states this time. tur ski also an -- turkey is also an allie. it doesn't appear that they will be voting on this prior to any attack.
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the president said they will get a classified briefing soon. >> mike, thank you. >> fear of a possible u.s. attack on syria has people in wilinlebanon worried. there's a growing sense on the streets that an attack could be hours away. we have more from beirut. >> reporter: there's two different kinds of responses over what has taken place in syria. a number of refugees come over the border or in to lebanon here. people who have come with families who tried to leave people here and turn right around and go back because they fully expect to fight whatever force comes at them as they are members of the syrian regime. the other thing that has happened is this on the street in lebanon itself, you are beginning to get a heightened tension now that things feel more imminent. there had long been a thought that when u.n. inspectors left in syria which was going to take place tomorrow morning on
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saturday there's a feeling that shortly thereafter there would be a strike that would take place and everybody of course much more nervous understanding that that strike is imt*ebt imm. a couple flights have cancelled because they were afraid that any launch that may take place will happen at night. there's shifting through schedules and there's an official response in that regard and also in the streets in beirut there's a tightening on the streets in general. a lot of checkpoints as you move around in the nation. one of the other things that was brought up by a couple of residents here speaking with people on the streets is that they wondered why the united states as to how this sprapbs pyreed in syria if syrian generals were speaking to each other at the time of the ait can or anything to that effect. they have wondered allowed why the united states didn't bring that additional information forward, bring it to the united
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nations, bring it to the attention of the russians or the chinese and bring a larger coalition with facts on their side. one of the things you hear is they're more comfortable if the united nations agrees to some action against syria and not just the united states. >> and joining me alongside is robert, a professor of political science of university chicago c. and thalia is here. >> after the comments today the secretary of state the today that there will be some kind of military action taken against syria. >> i think that's probably right but i don't know it's going to happen soon. of course, it can happen at any time but in the last day the administration has lost tremendous international political support. they have lost britain. they were probably counting on britain. they've lost germany and
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undoubted if i trying to find any group. >> turkey appears to be there. france appears to be there. >> france, turkey but just look at the situation we have compared to iraq. when president bush went in to iraq he had far more international resport than obama had going in to syria. this is a far situation for the white house. >> what you think the objective would be? >> i think long-term objective is anyone's guess. i don't think they know in the white house. that's the root of the problem. this, in many ways, tony, is the reverse of iraq. in robb we had bad in iraq we had bad intel. question knew what the objective was, take out saddam. this is not the problem although sit yesable. it is something to act on. >> good enough to embarrass those who have used chemical
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weapons. it doesn't cross the threshold of use of force. the reason is not because of the bad quality of the intel, tony, it's because when we use force without a strategic end game we often just get chaos. >> when was the last time you were in syria? >> in may. >> what did you see? >> i saw a city on edge. people had little say on what was going to happen to them. no matter who the players were whether it was iran, or hezbollah. i saw regime in control of damascus in the very least. i felt like the people thought the revolution had been stolen. they backed in to a place where they had to decide one or two miserable alternatives.
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and also, i was there when the israelis struck in damascus. that played very much in to the regime's hands at the time. it was very much in the tphaeure narrative that they wanted to spend. they were picked on for israeli colonysation. >> well, bob, you picked up on that point. >> alia is exactly right. this is one of the fundamental problems with the white house strategy. it has been for a long time is to play the victim. asaad is very different from many of the opponents have played in the past. this is not saddam hussein or
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kadafi. many of them wore military uniforms. asaad is a different person. he's more of a poker player and someone who understands the value of extracting sympathy and that's what he wants? >> playing victim to what audience? >> he has a domestic audience that he is trying to maintain legitimatecy with an he's been very effective of pushing people who had been on the fence or in the anti- -- or prothe fall of the fall of the regime. >> to build on this is to show the implications within the -- the cia has been predicting for months that asaad is to fall. the reason he isn't falling is because he plays the victim card very well to the domestic audiences inside syria. he may eventually crumble, i don't think he's inpunishable. this strike is ligh likely to
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strengthen his hand. this is a man, this is a regime that's managed to terrorize their own people. so, father and son. >> a family. they managed to make the syrians believe that they have no control in their lives. even in times if you're saying if question go, you minority, we are the ones protecting you. that's what i call the design between dictator and dictated. it's a threat and not a warning and are protective and saying that we can put you in danger. most people in syria understand he uses chemical weapons if not this time before. these are seriously persuasive incentives to standing up to him. >> when we look at the different groups the inside syria. we can see where the victim and terror strategy plays.
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the group that's 11%/12%, this plays well. they easily see themselves as the minority. there's another third of syrian sew society. >> they are not interested in jihadists. >> so the victim card here plays very well to that group in addition. then if you take other groups inside syria you can see where the terror as special would play and asaad is a poker player. >> you're missing a case that suggested that a military strike can make a bad situation worse. absolutely. this is the big problem with this idea of a limited strike. and, by the way, this wouldn't be the first time. we saw in kosovo in march '99 the clinton administration thought they were unleashing a
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three-day air war in belgrade and what did we get was three months of chaos and we got out of it. >> i can't thank you enough. alia, thank you. we'll be talking. terrific to have you here. i want you here the whole weekend. with british saying no to the u.s. some of speculating on how this will effect the relationship between the two countries. >> reporter: the day after a vote in the british parliament that will be talked about for many years and leave the prime minister and the authority has been badly damaged. >> the parliament i think made a very clear view which it doesn't want british involvement in military action so we will proceed on that basis. >> reporter: and how is the relationship with america? this american commentator feels the british parliament feels haunted in iraq and posts a nerve on syria.
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>> there's a risk on these things but that's the courage on what i would consider the western democracy is you face these uncertainties. i think that's what it is last night listening to these people kind of caught in this iraq time warp. >> reporter: the special relationship was in the second worldle war. there have been ups and downs. some presidents and prime ministers got along better than others but it has endured through the decades. the friendship the british, its junior partners probably cared about more than the americans. the british parliament has humiliated david cameron. who this worry that they have done more than bad that it has diminished britain's place in the world and helped make it a less important international player. i spoke to one of the conservative rebels who voted against british involvement in
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syria. >> britain is still an economic power. it's relative to other countries around the world is sadly relatively diminishing all the time. as it's to former developing countrys in asia, after cars, south america, actually some other countries now should step up to the plate and see if they can't take on some of the responsibilities of the u.k. and the u.s. have fallen for so long. >> in truth the british having a tphaoeuzehaveagoneized over a lt will be the events in syria to see if the british missed an opportunity to help make the world a safer place or were very wise not to get involved. >> and there are more disturbing images coming out of syria even as the quest discussing the response to last week's attack. this the scene of what set a bomb attack near the school in the suburb in northwest syria.
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the bomb may have contained a substance that sticks to the skin and causes severe burns. several people were killed and al jazeera cannot confirm those reports. >> there's a lot of pieces related to the crisis in syria. coming up, we will look at how the united states is preparing and what a strike would mean in a war moving forward. also egypt is getting less attention but is no less fractured. more on the latest deadly clashes there.
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welcome back. as the world waits to see if the u.s. and other allies will attack syria. the island of cyprus has been preparing as well. >> reporter: the islanders of cypress are watching and waiting and trying to work tout next move. cypress' geographic location makes it strategically vital but many citizens feel anything put important. >> we care about possibility to set us back. we can't do nothing. we are powerless. >> reporter: others here believe the greater good is what's at stake. >> the shift of powers or whatever that may be, they should do whatever they have to do to stop the massacre in syria and the whole region.
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>> reporter: thursday's arrival of six british typhoon jets on the island certainly increased the tension here. and a pair of american spy planes landing has created an an expectation of the imminent action. we bring about the flames of war in the whole region. not only syria. >> reporter: cypress' foreign minister said the island will not be a -- but it could be a humanitarian hub for evacuees. >> an entrance and exit. it's the same number. 10,000 people. so, we are ready for that. where we are going to go from there and with with the exception is going to take place and how people is et cetera.
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>> and that assurance leaves just one question. >> the vote in the british parliament has been welcomed with a degree of relief here in cyprus where people feel what the city might be put to in any military strike. but if military a*bs is not on the table. the question is what response can they be to the use of chemical weapons in syria. >> joining us from washington is stewart patrick. he's the council for foreign relations. after today's comments from the secretary, to the president, are you convinced that there will be a military strike against syria? >> i think it's certain that there's going to be a military strike. the president and the secretary of state, john kerry made it clear that the united states doesn't need anymore evidence. it doesn't think they would gain anything from waiting for the u.n. inspectors to make their
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report. i suspect that shortly after they leave damascus which will be some time late saturday that there will be a cruise missile strikes and other types of strikes against syria. >> should the process. allowed to play out even if the results are known. that was the argument that was made by many people. the administration has concluded and they're right that there's no way to get through the blockage of the u.n. security council. the russians have been total obstruction if they were obstructed when the u.k. was trying to get securit security l on the table. what's shocking is after the vote in parliament, which i think even shocked the british opposition that they actually won, you have in effect a u.s. administration that came in to office totally critical of the unilateral as special of the
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george w.bush saying if we have to, we'll go it alone. with france and turkey as well. what would be the objective? >> this the also something that's very interesting. the administration has made a total the objective of any military strike against syria and the objective of actually ending this now long-running civil war in the country. question is whether or not they can actually thread that needle. they basically want to send a signal t to bashar al asaad firt of all you're punished for using chemical weapons in violation of international law and we will deter you from doing it in the future. you can keep on fighting but have to do it conventional.
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>> will the u.s. military strike change the calculus in this revolution/civil war at all? >> i don't think it will. i don't think the administration wants to do so. i think there are many voices within the administration saying if the opposition -- it may be fragmented but -- >> my apologies we lost stewart. a senior fellow at the the council and foreign relations. in israel many people are preparing for the worst. the possibility of retaliation by syria if the u.s. attacks and in jerusalem families have waited hours in line for government-issued gas masks. >> reporter: as crowds swelled up by the jerusalem community center, inside a mother from california pled for help. >> he's part of the family.
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>> she's among thousands now desperate for gas masks. so nervous she didn't want her full name used. >> it doesn't feel real yet it just seems like something you do t-b rere canes but we haven't experienceed anything that's frightening at this point. >> reporter: she needs five masks but the government is firm. >> cannot allow. >> she gets only four since she doesn't have the needed paperwork for her 15-year-old. >> that's the boy that won't have a mask on his face. >> it's easy to do it. you know that. >> reporter: governments made gas masks available for free for years. it's now they are especially in demand. fights have broken out. she's been here for 7 hours. >> i'm nervous that something will happen and i won't have a mask for any child because me and any husband have a mask for ourselves. >> reporter: the polls shows
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that most the israelis don't want their country involved. but people here worry they're the ones most at risk made in a revenge if the u.s. strikes syria. still the government urged for cam and most doubt israel will ever be hit. >> the last thing on the regime's mind will be drawing israel in to the circle of conflict and that's with the enemy than the syrian rebels. >> reporter: along the border, extra israeli troops have been called in while the government readys its missile defense system. >> so he dies with the family. >> reporter: back in jerusalem the pleas die on edge. >> wrong. >> so she left short one gas mask for their new life far from california. in jerusalem. al jazeera. >> keeping track of children who
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have become refugees in syria and the activities that they use to help them forget about devastation. >> an interesting debate. coming up, a school where students don't read books. instead they use ipads almost make
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president obama said the chemical weapons in syria are a challenge to the world. a strike could take place in days. mike viquera joins us from the white house. >> reporter: intelligence sources say there's high confidence the that bashar al assad are responsible for the chemical attack. the president said he still hasn't made a decision but after the event of today there's little doubt that the response is going to be military and there's little doubt that it's going to come soon. president obama is now talkinging openly of a military response insisting there is little choice even in the face of skepticism from the american public. >> it's important for us to recognize that when over 1,000 people are killed including
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hundreds of innocent children through the use of a weapon that 98% or 99% of humanity should not. used even in war and there is no action then we're sending a signal that that internation international -- >> reporter: tony? i guess we lost that spot. let me just conclude by the president talking about war weariness. 80% of the public thinks the president should go to congress to consult before launching an attack. just 42% favor military action to syria at this point. >> mike, thank you. our diplomatic correspondent is in the united nations and he
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joins me live from his post. i wonder if the fact changed at all if we can expect some last ditch effort at the unth u.n. td some answer p-fr a military attack takes place. >> i don't think what we heard that the u.s. certainly wants any further u.n. involvement. i think they're going to let the weapons insp-bg o inspectors goo their work. there's always a wild card in this. that's the russians, the russians like any member of the u.n. security council could bring up the president of the security down stil council say a meeting. they are not ruling it out but can happen at some time in the coming days. obviously a holiday weekend for the u.n. as well but the security council and diplomates
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that i've spoken to say they are highly likely that they will be called in over weekend for some reason or other and obviously one of the reasons is the military strike was to take place the only thing i think on the time line right now it's carrying it out. that's just a few hours from now. all right, our diplomatic at the u.n. for us -p appreciate it. thank you. robert is back. he's the professor at the university of chicago. the timing on all of this. >> we may not know what day. i do think it's unlikely why the inspectors are in damascus. we might know the time of the day. if you go back, usually in the middle of the night and the reason for the middle of the
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night, tony is because that's when collateral dam and i damage least. it's 1:30 a.m. in damascus if there's going to be a strike today it's very likely it will be in the next hour or two and then if not probably not for another 24 hours. >> can a cohearseive strike led by the united states achieve the desireed results? maybe one of the results is this, to force assad back in to the conventional weapons box sending a clear message that you are no longer allowed to use chemical weapons from this point forward. >> i think it's highly unlikely. a limited strike is probably going to do the opposite. we're putting no one in harm's way showing our limited resolve. why is it going the to put assad
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in a box and draw him a red line that he will not cross again in the future is what he's facing is a slap on the wrist. he's not going to be impressed by a half measure. >> you see him fighting until the very end. >> he has no choice. where is he going to go? he is not somebody who can pick up and leave the country easily. he is now a mass murder who will want to embrace him? >> this is like gahdafi after the revolution in libya where he was a very liberal person and then became deeper and deeper and in life he had nowhere to go. >> there is no appetite that i can detect from the united states. certainly not from the u.k. at this point. not from germany from an
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operation of an objective of regime change. >> exactly right which is why there's no second step for obama to take. there's many questions with this policy about that and all those point to bad problems with the policy. the option might be a policy you can pursue if there was a second or third step. in this case, we're not going to mass an entire air air to destroy assad's army. if we wanted to really weaken the regime, tony, it would take hundreds and hundreds of u.s. aircraft weeks and weeks and perhaps steady pounding from the air against the army in assad. now we're talking about tipping the table. this is going to take time.
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we had a 39 day air campaign in kuwait and that massed hundreds of aircraft. there is no prospect of this happening if at all. >> thanks for your time. >> as america's leaders continue to make a case for attacking syria, some are wondering whether a military strike would be legal. i spoke with al jazeera contributor patel if it were a rants american strike under international law. >> under international law there's two instances in which a country can use force. one is in self-defense if someone attacks you obviously you can defend against it. the second is if the u.n. skirt council authorizes military intervention and in this case there's obviously no attack on the united states. russia and china have been
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blocking the use of force. >> the u.s. has interveneed in conflicts before without u.n. approval and the clinton approval had the 1999 poming in syrbia to prevent kosovo. eight agencies worry that strikes can drive members high higher. >> reporter: less than two weeks a go, the tents already look o old. he arrived here a few days a if go. she's looking after her family and hopes she won't be here for long. >> we would like someone else to replace president assad. if he's the same type of person then it's no good for us. look at our situation. we would rather go back to our
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country. her views are echoed around the camp. >> translator: we hope an air strike will come soon and we can all go home. >> translator: we have a plan in place. we will have to ask other agencies and other governments for help to cope. right now we're at capacity. >> reporter: quite who they will have remains the question. they face a funding crisis. however the kurdish regional government have promised more help but how much is unclear. military action means they can return home sooner rather than later. there's a lot of disapointment in this camp. the west has not acted sooner. people here feel that any strike
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against syria will be decided that it will topple president assad and they will be able to go home. we will see more scenes like this and more refugees. in egypt, one policeman was killed by an attack by armed men in a cairo suburb. no word whether it was linked in resent protest. supporters of mohammed morsi remain defiant as thousands continue to protest. al jazeera's mike hannah has more from us from cairo. >> friday's prayers completed and prepare to take the streets in protests. dozen of muslim brotherhood leaders have been -- the body of which the muslim brotherhood is a dominant part has called on its followers to continue to press their demands for the
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reinstatement of a democraticcally elected government. while small protest get under way in many parts of cairo. this is the number of masks, dessertedeserted streets. the express from the ministry of the interior. they will be met with the upmost force. the few are likely to be willing to attempt to reach these barriors. >> sports coming up after the break. five time major golf champion phil mickleson flirted with the sports magic number. not from there in the woods. michael has more on mickleson, it's an amazing round.
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but should you be made aware if you are consuming them. that's next on "consider this." fire crews patleing in yosemet nation park. travelers are still expected although in smaller numbers. pakistan's leaders are under fire for their response. the disaster has effected more than a million people. the government is providing aid to some but now pad groups are stepping in to meet the needs of
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survivors. >> reporter: the flag of "army of god" flying proudly as they skou ter flood members looking for people in need. the group is baned in pakistan and considered a terrorist organization by the united states but that hasn't stopped it from delivering emergency aid. that the relief camp sponsored by its political arm they have given food and medical assistance. she lost everything when flood waters swept away from her home after waiting in this for hour, she is given two pags of cooked rice. >> the flood has destroyed my house. all our farm land is gone and our livestock is dead. we have nothing left and no one is helping us except them. thanks to them i can feed my family. they are charitable efforts aren't just aimed at winning
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over hearts and minds, it's also part of the calculated campaign to improve its image. its organization is accused of carrying out the 2008 mumbai attacks and long been involved in th the kashmire conflict. the government is criticized for not doing more to prevent the disasters from happening. they are kre dat are credited ig thousands of lives. they stay group is.ing treated unfairly. >> translator: our core mission is to help the knew manty. were not just muslims with long beards. we want people to know it's not true and we are only here to offer help. >> reporter: and those worst effected by the tphaods are floe
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grateful for the help. >> michael is here. more troubles headlines from the nfl. >> no matter how many suspensions, guys are still trying to tpurb system. the nfl handing down another drug suspension today. he won't be eligible to return to the bangles active roster until october 28th. he's suspended since the end of last season. the 2013 college season kicked off with 13 games and the opening weekend schedule with 8 more slated for tonight for the rest of the opening schedule to conclude on saturday. more on the contenders for this year's bcf title now.
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and yahoo! college football writer. >> let's talk about johnny who has been in the news a little bit lately and texas a&m will sample life without their heisman winner when they open their season. it shouldn't matter they are playing the but of all the teams in the top ten, is an a&m more susceptible to losing their player. johnny has had a really tough off season. it's going to be how a&m gels together. can he concentrate on football after everything he's been through after partying and all this new celebrity and fame. i think that's what people are most excited to see if whether johnny can be the excited player
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that everybody saw last year and not be the poster boy for a heisman fail as he has been this off season. >> well, college football's opening night the fcc you can certainly see the star with south carolina winning and ole miss playing a great game. does it look as dominant as ever. >> i think what we saw from the fcc already this weekend proves that this is going to be a form theable conference. they form a nail biter which is really exciting. those are not the top team miss the conference. i expect a lot out of alabama against virginia tech. they the most dominant team in the down try and in the country. they will stop it could be violent and kpao*eu and kind off you're a bama fan. they'll be the first team ever to do that.
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we talked about south carolina a minute ago. the heisman candidate made his debut in opening night. how did he look to you? >> he said he was battling a stomach virus but he looked a little sluggish, a little out of sthaeup and took some plays off. he doesn't look like the heisman candidate that we were used to seeing. we had all this hype going on in to the off season. i think we all have the bar set very high. people are looking at him as to whether or not he is able the to live up to the hype. >> the poor guy had a stomach virus. i applaud him for being up. thank you very much. the second leg of the fed-ex cup teeed off in pos stone.
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in boston. it was nickelson who stood out today. the champion bier did 7 of his first 9 holes putting 59 well in to his reach. but mickleson lost momentum. >> tiger woods comes in. he leads very respectable for the first round. here is a look at the leader board. >> it's fun. you actually feel like there's less pressure. i feel like i didn't have to
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knock it stiff because i was making puts and had to get it on the grain to give myself a good chance. new to tennis. he's only had one u.s. open tight toll show for it. today is the number one player of the world. also playing tonight. we will have that action for you coming up later tonight here on al jazeera sports. the country club highlights with golf and tennis. thank you. >> the population had been shrinking in resent years. of course the insects that pollinate the plants that we
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need. a bee sperm bank. adam visited one in washington state. >> reporter: yes you can. >> one dream produce one microliter of semen. it's about 60-microns of diameter. >> you u can collect semen from bees. >> you can freeze it and keep it chilling in the corner of the lab. >> we're establishing a genetic rrepos tory. honey bees were brought here from europe nearly 400 years ago. this technology gives researchers more option for preserving old species and cross
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breeding new ones. >> this allows us to go to europe, khr-bg collect germ plad use it years or decades later. almost right next year there is proof it can work. a salmon and steel head bank at the college operating for the last 20 years. the doctor calls it an insurance policy for species. a long term policy. >> a lot of the species have pw-p worked out previously with cattle and humans. there's examples that it can last for centuries. >> it demonstrates the artificial insemination using frozen sperm. she could produce more than a quarter million eggs a year. >> reporter: the real world with real apples that the bees
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pollunate for us. it's a combination of modern and natural ills. related to nutrition, loss of habitat for bees. >> reporter: they are freezing the future one bee at a time. >> that's what wear hoping to do. >> reporter: hoping to provide solutions to problems in the world of bees that haven't come up yet. >> we will check with weather and coming up at the top of the hour. >> the u.s. is moving closer to energy creating jobs and fueling economic growth along the way but at what cost. stocks have their worst month in more than a year. what should you do now? buy? sell or hold? how an alumni at some colleges are making money and helping vent graduates lower the interest rate on their student
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i'm meteorologist rebecca
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steven son. heat advisories have been coming in for much of this week. it's now sinking down to oklahoma, texas. the temperature this hit 100 today. we have 99 in omaha, nebraska it's starting to cool off because you have a large thunderstorms that's rolling through your area bringing us gusty winds. we have severe thunderstorms watches and warnings in effect for parts of the midwest because these random storms that are rolling in and we also have that heat advisory that stays in place for day tomorrow. it looks like cooling. we will finally start working its way in for midwest as we get in to the end of labor day weekend specifically monday will be the day. so let's talk act storms moving through. they have been strong and have been getting hail and wind report. wind gusts at 40 or 50%. some of our hail reports have
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been up to a quarter in size. i expect some of these will be largeer. you can see that line of storms coming around the city as very strong ones here and we also had several between milwaukee an sh i ka go coming down -- chicago coming down with intense heavy rain. there's a potential for flash flooding as well. we are seeing that in parts of the southwest but also a line tracking through along the great lakes and florida is getting its fair share too. a spin up around florida is bringing showers and thunderstorms tonight through the overnight hours. that's going to be the most likely risk of rainfall same with the southwest and with parts of michigan and wisconsin. when we look at our high temperatures today, it's nice to know that we're going to get a little cool down coming in. it's going to get another day or two.
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welcome to al jazeera. president obama said he is considering limited and narrow action against syria. he made it clear there will be no boots on the ground. the president told reporters he would prefer having help from other countrys the and has not made a final decision. >> he called president assad a thurg and murder. kerry said others might do the same if he is allowed to use chemical weapons without consequences.

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