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♪ the u.s. is weighing its options for military action in syria after a new video suggests a chemical weapons attack has taken place. i'm elizabeth and you are watching live from doha. evidence against the once powerful chinese politician accused of embezzling a million dollars. a suspect arrested of a gang rape of a photo journalist in mumbai. and emerging from the jungle, one of the most isolated tribes
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on earth made an appearance. ♪ barack obama security advisors will be meeting at the white house this weekend to discuss syria and options is possible military action and follows a chemical weapons attack earlier this week and we look at how world leaders are perceiving events. >> what will the world do about this, the dying and the dead? more than one thousand killed according to acvisits a many of them children and world leaders say appears to be a chemical weapons attack in syria. u.s. president barack obama has been dealing with domestic issues but in an interview he called this a big event of grave concern. but mr. obama says the u.s. will not respond on its own saying the world needs proof of what happened here and who is responsible for it.
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un inspectors are in damascus and the chief will arrive on saturday to try to negotiate access to the site of the attack. experts say they don't have much time. >> these are nonpersistent agents in effect and kill people quickly and dissipate very quickly. so that evidence will not remain on the ground for very long. usually hours, possibly days at the most a week or two. >> reporter: russia, an ally of bashir is urging to let inspectors go to the site at the same time blaming opposition groups for keeping them out. a claim they deny. >> we are asking for is for the un inspectors to go there and guarantying safety and want them to get there and do whatever it takes in terms of protection to get them there. >> reporter: leaders say they don't think the syrian government will allow an insp t inspectiinspect spec shun and the french responded with force and the uk says that is not the next step.
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>> we are focused on getting the un team there, if that doesn't happen in the coming days we need to go back to the security council. that is the sequence of steps in the coming days and i'm not going to speculate about after that at the moment. >> reporter: the un security council has yet to agree on anything to do with syria but announced there are one million syrian children who are refugees and this camp in jordan anger and frustration that the world has yet to respond to the latest attack. >> arab league and international community will bear the responsible for crime in the future because they know bashir will commit more crimes because of the weakness of the community. >> reporter: barack obama said the world is watching and it remains an open question if it will do anything more than that. patty al jazeera washington. >> reporter: a former deputy
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director of plans and strategy at u.s. central command and says while the government may have the missile know how the chemical bombs could have been made by either side. >> they may be the only ones that have access to the missile technology that may be being discovered at this time, but these types of chemical weapons are not very, very difficult to manufacture. >> i think all of us have questions about what really happened on the ground. where the source of the chemicals came from, where the attack came from, who promoted the attack and i think what you're seeing in general is a significant amount of caution in news reports and official statements as to where those attacks came from and who actually conducted those attacks so until those questions are answered i think people are very, very hesitant not only to make official statements but also to suggest a possible response. >> reporter: to other news now
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anti-coup protest in egypt defied nighttime curfews in several cities and this was a protest south of cairo and marches in the city district and minya. the demonstrations shrunk since it killed hundreds. the opposition is calling for peaceful protests against the government and want the ruling and party to quit power and says they miss managed the economy and failed to provide law an order and calling for dialog. >> the dialog continues with the representatives of the ugtt. about their initiatives to end the crisis. i will reaffirm that the dialog continues and that it is reaching discussions on details that need precision and further negotiation. we will meet soon. >> reporter: now, former police chief in china will testify
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against bo i'll yeah and he worked with him in the city and was sentenced to 15 years in prison last year for abuse of power. harry has the latest from where the trial is taking place now and harry what are we expecting? >> well, if the first 2 1/2 days of this extraordinary trial we are getting amazing that one legond is in the courtroom and no video testimony like his wife on day to but he is actually there himself facing bo i'll yeah in the courtroom and he was the police chief of years through many jobs and most recently of course in chung-ching in the southwest of china. it was his decision to be in the city and try to defect to the united states, talk to u.s. officials at the consulate in
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the nearby city of chund-doo that triggereled the scandal and he told u.s. officials about the death of neat hayward and the alleged involvement of his wife in that killing. she was sentenced to a suspended death sentence for poisoning neil hayward the british businessman last year and according to his own version was trying to investigate the killing. and bo i'll yeah is hampering the investigation and engineering a cover up. so two things i think we can expect from this afternoon if we get the same kind of access to the information from the court as we have been throughout so far. one is more details potentially about the killing of neil hayward and the circumstances leading up to that event in november 2011 and, two, if bo i'll yeah continues the aggressive performance he has shown against the other witnesses used against him we can expect a dramatic personal
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encounter between the two former allies this is really the meat of the trial and already been extraordinary enough so far. >> reporter: absolutely, harry and another thing that is extraordinary is that bo has been allowed to carry on this way, isn't it? >> that's right. i mean, i think that has taken a lot of people by surprise both the fact that he is quite so out spoken and tried to demolish the case against him in such a vehament way and we don't know if it all came out of the courtroom but enough of surprise. there are to schools of thought and the chinese communist party wants to show this is on their term a fair and just process and given the opportunity to defend himself so his eventual conviction will carry all the more weight. the other school of thought being he really has taken them by surprise and no one was expecting this. perhaps there is a middle ground
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that they did need some kind of appearance of a defense from bo i'll yeah but weren't expecting it to be this strong. another thing is his lawyer raised a figure of $18 million u.s. dollars that neil hayward had been seeking from bo's family and his son. that dwarfs the figure of about $2 million and referring to an affair he had and that is why his wife was angry with him at one period in the past. so it's almost as if bo i'll yeah is trying to broaden this out and say there is much more than the rather small charges the communist party is trying to put on me at this time. >> reporter: thank you so much, harry, that is harry on this case that is gripping china joining us, thank you. now the u.s. soldier who killed 16 afghan villages last year is sentenced to life in prison
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without the possibility of patrol and he apologized for the attack calling it act of cowardess and they testified against bales and don't think justice has been served and jennifer glass has more. >> karzai words was sergeant bales if he had been tried in afghanistan as many of the families wanted would have faced the death penalty or life in prison without parole. president karzai says the punishments would not bring the afghan people back to life and he personally opposes the death penalty but the relatives of the victims that we have been speaking to over the last weeks and months all were agree they had really wanted the death penalty and hoping their testimony in the united states might help bring that about. >> for 30 years afghans have been taking refuge in pakistan but they are increasingly returning home but have to cross
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dangerous areas, as part of our series we are following this family as they make their way back and go through a difficult road and the lawless tribal areas entering afghanistan through the border, that is where our reporter picks up their story. >> reporter: coming to this united nations run center is one of the hardest decisions he ever made. a refugee who fled the soviet invasion and called pakistan home for nearly 30 years but he and his family of 11 will give up refugee status and go back to afghanistan to start a new life in an unstable country that none of his children have ever known. >> we love pakistan but life here is so uncertain for afghans. the government can tell us to leave any time. my relatives tell me the economy
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is bitter in afghanistan so i want to give my country a chance and give my children a proper home. >> reporter: and this is voluntary and also an extensive process. they must fill out detailed paperwork and have fingerprints and residents scanned, part of efforts to keep accurate records of how many afghan refugees leave pakistan to return home. he is an officer for the un refugee agency and tells me why some afghans are choosing to return. >> security situation in pakistan, inflation in pakistan in the last five years, scarce of jobs and competition, all this together with improvements in certain parts of afghanistan so we should look at this from that angle. >> reporter: with the formalities complete conn and his family along with all of their belongings begin the
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journey to afghanistan and take the kyber pass which cuts through the tribal areas, it's a dangerous road, several armed groups including taliban control the regions and frequently targeted trucks believes to be carrying goods destined for u.s. and nato forces in afghanistan. what do you hope to achieve in afghanistan by moving your family there and starting a life there? >> i feel my children will have better education and i will have better business options. the government in koebel is looking after people too and there is dangers everywhere but the situation improved and god willing it will stay that way. >> reporter: after several hours conn and his family reached the border crossing where their time in pakistan comes to an end and their new life in afghanistan is about to begin. after crossing the border there is no turning back for afghan
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refugees like conn and his family. but what lies ahead is far less certain than what they left behind. al jazeera at the pakistan, afghanistan border. >> reporter: ahead as the u.s. marks 50 years since martin luther king's iconic "i have a dream" speech we traveled to a rural area trying to makeup for history of discrimination. ♪ ç]
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♪ it's good to have you with us, these are the top stories on al jazeera, the top un official arrived in syria to push for access to a suspected chemical weapons attack site and barack obama security advisors will meet to discuss how to deal with syria. a former police chief in china is due in court to testify
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against bo i'll yeah and worked with him in ching-ching and the u.s. soldier who killed 16 afghan villages is in prison without the possibility of release. now second suspect is arrested in the gang rape of a photo journalist in mumbai. the two suspects are expected to appear in court saturday and female activists in india say laws and public outrage are not enough to detour rapist and we are in new deli where people are taking safety in their own hands. >> packing a punch, this self-defense class is teaching women to protect themselves on the streets of new deli. university student says she constantly worries about safety.
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>> secure walking by and somebody in my house i'm so apprehensive and i don't know who is following and looking at me. you never safe. >> how many of you think if a man attacks you you can take him on. >> reporter: and she started the free classes at the beginning of the year. she herself escapeed an attack outside her home a few years ago. >> somewhere down there if something happens to a woman, it might be her fault and she might have integrated it and that does not change it. >> reporter: thousands of protesters in new deli last december demanding justice after the unidentitied rape victim was hospitalized and she was assaulted with an iron rod and thrown off a moving bus and died two weeks later. under growing public outrage and
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grief, the government pushed through a number of legal reforms. >> for the first time stalking, acid attacks are considered criminal offenses. punishment for other crimes include increased but many believe these reforms don't go far enough. >> december 16 and there has been a lot of very, very brutal sexual violence not only in the capitol but across the country. and that clearly shows that simply tweaking the law simply bringing out about a few very, very important amendments to the law but that in itself does not change the culture of violence and the culture of impunity. >> reporter: rights activists say india needs to address the fundamental inequality of its women but unlike reforming the legal system changing minds will take many years. al jazeera new deli. >> reporter: now computer problems could halt further
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hearings at the gitmo until next year and looking at 9/11 attacks and roslyn jordan reports. >> reporter: gathered before a microphone in gitmo several men and women who lost relatives on september 11 and said they put aside their fear so they could see for themselves the men accused applauding the attacks. >> i waited 12 and i am getting old, but i think i can do 12 more. so i am waiting. and i just want as stefan said i want it done right and not the appeals. >> reporter: they watched prosecutors and defense lawyers haggle over what are the core issues. could they pursue the death penalty if terrorism is dropped against the five defendants including the self-described master monday mohamed.
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>> attacking civilians and terrorism in light of the hijacking given that death occurred so there are other charges certainly. >> reporter: another central question, what will defense lawyers do if they don't get the classified evidence they are supposed to receive from prosecutors. >> i'm going to fight for the rights of mr. aboluchi and press for a just system. i'm not going to sit on my hands and in the hope that something is going to workout later. >> reporter: there is the possibility the judge may pause the process so the military can fix the defense's computer network problems. does that worry the families who have waited more than a decade for this commission to start? >> we don't want anything overturned. so make sure that you cover your bases. make sure that everything is very clear and very, i'll use the word we heard for the last five days, transparent. >> reporter: a wait for justice as long as the time spent on
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mourning a loved ones lost, roslyn jordan al jazeera gitmo cuba. tens of thousands are gathering in washington to mark 50 years since martin luther king's "i have a dream" speech. it's widely seen as an important moment for civil rights and the united states. but the fight for equal rights was fiercely resisted in many southern states as tom reports from one county in virginia, one that went further than most in rejecting integration. >> reporter: it was back to class this week at the only public high school in prince edward county, a peaceful, rural corner of virginia. a few of the students black or white are aware of the role they played in the civil rights struggle back in 1951. that's when the students at the black only high school walked out for two weeks to protest the inferior conditions there. after the u.s. supreme court ordered school integration
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southern politicians had massive resistance and it failed but prince edward county and the officials decided to shut down all its public schools for four years. private academies financed by public taxes were set up to educate white children. while thousands of blacks like rita were forced to leave the county or went without any schooling at all. in her case for two years. >> it was a very sad time. because i have always loved school as i do today. so it was -- i was out of school and at first we played and but after a while you realize that where is school? you know. where is your education? you realize you don't have it. >> reporter: the county is officially apologized for its past symbolized by a light of reconciliation that burns night and day a top the courthouse. by apologies alone were not enough for ken woodly the ed
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editor of a newspaper saying it was against mass resistance. >> a lot of people and the community wanted to sweep it under the regular and education was stolen from these people and education opportunity needed to be given back. >> reporter: so he began a campaign to award scholarships to the students who never went on to college. since the program began, more than 90 men and women have taken advantage of the chance including rita who earned a bachelors degree and three years later a masters at age 66. >> couldn't wait to get back. >> i couldn't and i'm itching and trying not to go back for a doctorate. >> reporter: the blacks only high school is a newly restored museum dedicated to telling the story of the history to remind younger generations and many others to come. tom al jazeera farmville, virginia. >> reporter: california governor has a state of emergency for san francisco saying a wildfire on the edge of
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yosemite threatens the power lines. san francisco is about 250 kilometers away from the park and the fire is unchecked and is now covering an area of more than 320 square kilometers. water levels are rising after some of the worst flooding in a century in russia and tens of thousands are effected and peter sharp has more from there. >> there have not been floods like these for over 100 years and the sheer scale stretching across 2000 kilometers is unprecedented and from the air emergency officials monitor the rising waters and it's not good news. no sign of the water receding. on the contrary. >> i've just gone to the shop for some rubber boots and they don't help anyway. >> reporter: worst hit is the city of kabarask, the river has
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burst the banks and water is rising to new levels threatening both residential and business areas. lapping at the very heart of the city. more than 30,000 people have been mobilized to fight the rising tide of water but the forecast does not look encouraging. >> they are expecting the peak of the floods to be 25 of august. it will stay there for a while. after that will it slowly start falling. >> reporter: thousands have already been forced from their homes as the flood zone is steadily widened during the downpour in the last ten days and with the filthy waters comes disease and fears of an out break of hepatitis and typhoyd. the worst case scenario they are warning up to 100,000 people may be forced to move from their homes. that would be a mass evacuation that would stretch the emergency services to the very limits. and you can add to that power
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blackouts as more electrical sub stations go under water. the next few days will be difficult ones for the people here. peter sharp, al jazeera. >> reporter: 30 people have been killed in a riot at a prison and happened at a maximum security facility in the east of the country on friday. most of the victims were killed in the fire that broke out during the violence. now they lived an in isolation but shortage of food forced a tribe to come out of hiding and we have the story of the perugian tribe starting to interact with the 21st century. >> reporter: on the banks of a river deep in the amazon rain forest they appeared, first the men around 30 and then the women and the children. for three days in late july nearly 100 members of the tribe
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made this unusual appearance. they live in southeast and near the border of brazil but hardly ever been seen before. a guard from a nearby watch post recorded the moment. and tribes live in isolation and the law for bids any one to get near them and so vulnerable a simple flu or diarrhea could be lethal killing the population and armed with arrows and spears and are cautious and stressful and apparently hungry. like other 15 tribes in the region they are nomads traveling over areas rich in gas reserves. and they say logging, mining, and oil exploration projects are also affecting the echo system crucial for their survival. >> the echo system is so fragile in the area, if a helicopter
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over flies the zone it scares the animals away and the tribes will not have food. >> reporter: to protect the tribes we have reserves where extraction projects are forbidden and planning to create five more. but years ago the government authorized companies to get gas in some areas. the former president said what benefits a few could not interfere with investments that would benefit the country. while gas companies continue to work in the region, they bite on roots. in july they demanded banannas and ropes. the community leader thinks the sighting was a message. >> it's a clear message, they are saying this is our territory and you have no right to be here. they want to live how they have chosen to live. >> reporter: and they say the rare sighting is a warning, the communities survived centuries of intrusion by the western man. but that could be changing in
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many ways. >> reporter: that story and the rest of the day's news can all be found on our website, al much more news and in depth analysis on our website. ♪


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