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capital for key decisions. we operate in a wide range of industries. what can we do for you. >> now bbc world news america. fax britain will wait for you in un inspectors -- acting oning syria. they have sentenced the army psychologist to death for killing 13 people during a rampage in texas. 50 years after martin luther historicvered his speech, president obama stands on the same spot for the commemoration. >> no one can match his
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brilliance, but we are willing to take our first step for justice. i know that flame remains. >> welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. there appears to be a split over when and how to act against syria. the british government says it will wait for a report from inspectors, but the u.s. says action cannot be held up by intransigence. as the world waits to see what the u.s. and its allies will do, syrian neighbors are preparing for repercussions. >> in syria it self the u.n. weapons inspectors have been taking their first look at one of the areas where chemical
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weapons were supposedly used. senior british officials are .ure americans it is hard to think britain will not be involved, but the british government is desperate to avoid huge mistakes when a rack was invaded 10 years ago. was invaded 10 years ago. i do not know, but president administration are not known to be trigger-happy. what they will decide, i do not know. u.s. -- at the you in, it does sound like a rerun of
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.he iraq crisis >> they are part of the problem. they are not part of the resolution. arming andhind supplying groups with logistical support as well as with weapons. >> britain put forward a draft resolution today to the other representatives on the security council, and russia and china seem strongly against it, but it looks as though that may not prevent the three western countries from taking action. is not agreement, we still have a responsibility on chemical weapons. >> does this responsibility and involve lobbing missiles at chemical assad's weapons. what president obama says, it does sound like it.
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we are hearing phrases like surgical action, but it does not involve sending in troops. britain is taking a lead on chemical weapons since the world war. finishyou in inspectors their work for the day, it is clear this is very delicate stuff politically, especially for britain. nothing will happen fast, but if the americans do not take action after threatening to, they are looking week and ineffectual. >> for more on diplomatic channels being worked at the u.n., we go to our correspondent at the united nations. britainlook as though
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is slowing down a possible ?trike against syria >> it started with a real sense of urgency from new york, where we woke up with tweets from david cameron saying britain was pushing for this resolution, condemning the asad regime and authorizing military action against him. morning the british convene. there was talk of the un security council meeting as early as this afternoon to discuss a resolution. the way they have changed seem has -- heree way it in new york.
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the russians expressed the same view. brits are now saying they will file the report before taking any action. >> a are expected to embark on a two-week mission. that was negotiated. when they arrived came the latest atrocity which resulted in hundreds of deaths. they need four more days. they will present their case.
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the timetable is unknown at the moment. >> clearly a difference of opinion between london and washington. as we wait, the buildup to possible military action is being watched across the middle east with countries taking different sides. karen says -- iran says u.s. action would be a disaster.
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>> almost 50 died and hundreds more were injured here. serious has so many connections with its neighbors, it's nightmare would be that the war would spread. a radical preacher in one of the mosques has told his followers to fight against the asad regime and believe it has carried out the attack. >> from the minute the explosion occurred i knew it was the syrian regime. >> the syrian capital was busy enough.
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in the bread queue there was some defiance. >> why should we be afraid. we have been living in war for years. we are continuing our lives. >> now there is a possibility their city might be bombed. arepeople of damascus awaiting the results of decisions made elsewhere that will most likely have a profound impact on their lives. the syrian war is moving onto a new phase, and the countries surrounding syria are bracing themselves for a new crisis. israelis have pushed their withs closer to the border syria. iran's mps ran through their repertoire.
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iran has warned of dire consequences if america, britain, and france attack syria. it will definitely have consequences and will set the entire region of blaze. government thee claret no attack would be launched, but in the huge camps of serious refugees, some that fled the war are demanding more airstrikes. thousands of refugees have been arriving in northern iraq. one justification for military action is it would protect civilians. not all theory and believe that. rians believe that.
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>> i am joined by our guest who served in coastal bow. sovo. ko christopher hill, is action against syria the right thing to do? think the u.s. or anyone should be indifferent to these chemical weapons. not want to respond, but it feels it has to respond. is unlikely to be a un security council resolution. i do not think there is much impediment in terms of the politics in the u.s. i think if there is a perception russia has vetoed u.s. action, i think it is bad for the obama
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administration and for the u.n. i think if the decision is that assad has used these weapons we will hit him and hit him hard. >> what is the strategic outcome for the u.s. if they do have limited action against the chemical weapons system. is that possible? what does that achieve? inc. it achieves an end to this. conflict. no one in syria knows what their country is going to look like. there does not appear to be any effort from like-minded countries to come together. i think what we will see is a short and sharp attack on assad forces. some people in the middle east
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would say that is unfair, that we did not have the goods on them. some would say that is inadequate. basically the attacks would satisfy no one. i believe chemical weapons need to be responded to and responded in force. the right is decision. >> there is a risk there could be repercussions we might not foresee at the moment. might not pay dividends, but it could cause greater problems for the u.s. >> anytime you drop bombs you get into the problem of unintended consequences. i agree there are risks. i agree there are risks to sitting on our hands when the regime has used chemical weapons. i think that is a terrible signal to those who have the
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weapons. why he used them is hard to fathom. emphasize any intelligence we get is not going to be slamdunk. i think there will be a enough evidence this regime allowed its forces to use chemical weapons, and i think we have to respond and hope the consequences are not too severe. >> thank you very much. more than 65 people have been hundreds others injured in a series of attacks across the iraqi capital of ad dad. police say it occurred in a shiite area. .- the iraqi capital of baghdad
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"the new york times" website was forced to go off-line after what the company calls a malicious external attack. this. electronic army says it carried out the attack. syrian electronic army says it carried out the attack. the march of martin luther king, , was 50 years ago. understanding how our brains develop and function is one of the biggest challenges in medical science. grown aarchers have brain fragment and are hoping it could have huge benefits. our medical correspondent has
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more. >> this is the closest science has gotten to building a human brain. this shows the layers of the organ. they did not complete an entire organ but rather tiny fragments. they reprogrammed them to form brain cells. that has been done before in a dish, but they went further. they were nourished in a bioreactor and began forming 3-d structures. brains reached a similar a ninef development as week old fetus but were not capable of thought. nonetheless, the research has astounded neuroscientists. >> it is starting to look like your brain and starting to show
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behaviors of a tiny brain. it is extraordinary. >> how will it help medicine? it will increase our understanding of brain disorders like schizophrenia or autism and may also help test drug treatment. scientists in edinburg who coordinated the research stressed they are not trying to grow spare parts or replacement brain tissue but to study disease. despite limitations, this is a significant step to understanding the extraordinary capability of the human brain. >> the army psychiatrist responsible for a mass shooting at an american military base has been sentenced to death. killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 of his fellow
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surgeons in texas back in 2009. he represented himself but did not mount a defense. soldiers an american who sympathized with the taliban on and believed in sharia law. he had nothing to say in his defense after killing and injuring so many people. ins was the aftermath november, 2009, where troops were preparing to go to afghanistan. 13 died, some as they try to take cover, others as they tried to stop him. than 30 were injured. he fired 146 bullets. muslim,american-born this was a religiously motivated ttack.
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i switched sides, is all he said in what he considered an american war on islam. statements the prosecution told the story of each of those killed, but he told jurors he would not be a martyr. after deliberating for just over agreed he the panel should be executed. it has been more than 50 years since a u.s. servicemen was put to death. a long appeals process will begin. ultimately the u.s. president will have to prove an execution. >> anyone who would use their religion to commit acts of terrorism serves no god other than his own interest. as far as
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the claim he was saving lives, he has done nothing but deteriorate relations between the u.s. and muslim countries. years of waiting, they feel justice has been served, but that will do little to change the lives of those that were ruined. today raindrops did not dampen the spirits of tens of thousands who gathered in to mark the 50th anniversary of martin luther king's i have a dream speech. president obama led the ceremony presidentsded clinton and carter. obama gave an impassioned andch about king's legacy challenges we face. >> we might not face the same
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dangers as 1973, but the fierce urgency remains. we may never duplicate the procession of that day so long ago. brilliance,atch his but we are willing to take a first step towards justice. >> president obama was among those celebrating king's legacy with his friend congressman john lewis. he was there on the march on washington and has a series of graphic novels chronicling the event. we spoke with him. wewhen i was growing up, would go downtown and see signs, white men, colored men, white women, colored women.
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go upstairs to the balcony, and i would come home and asked my mother and father, my grandparents why. they would say, that is the way it is. you not get in the way. do not get in trouble. when i first heard martin luther king, junior, it inspired me. i think in some strange way he was saying, you can do something. you can make a contribution. i wanted to attend troy state college. it was a school that had never admitted lack students, so i wrote a letter to martin luther king, junior, and told him i needed his help. area byme of bus ticket old, and i am 18 years i was scared. dr. king said, are you john
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lewis? are you the boy from troy? from then they called me the boy from troy. we became friends. the first time happened in nashville. was waiting to be served, and the waitress put up a sign saying the counter was closed. i was beaten, arrested, and taken to jail. i felt so arrested free. i felt so liberated. you arrest me and beat me and throw me in jail. what else can you do with me? you can't kill me, but dr. arjun luther king said it is better to die of physical death than to die a spiritual or death.
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on the morning of august 28, 1963, it was my time to speak. i saw hundreds of thousands of young people fresh from the fresh frome south, the struggle, the front line, and when it was my time to speak, i did my best. when the march was over, we were invited to come down to the white house and meet president kennedy. was like a proud father. he said, you did a good job. when he got to martin luther king, junior, he said, you had a dream. we work are paired to go back to the american south and to fight and to never, ever give up. >> congressman john lewis, who marched and spoke with dr. martin luther king.
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