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♪ >> a bomb threat at a u.s. church just hours before president obama joins mourners in connecticut. ♪ the church was evacuated as heavily armed security forces moved in. hello, there. coming up -- the french foreign minister calls time on the syrian
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president. outside damascus, french forces killed 25 people in a palestinian territory. the japanese conservative party crushed its components. the website that reveals how heavily london was bombed in world war ii. hello, there, thank you for joining us. heavily armed police have evacuate a church where mourners had gathered in the wake of u.s. school shootings. they searched the house next door after receiving a bomb threat. president barack obama is preparing to travel to a new town to console the grieving relatives of the 27 victims. joan is live for us in new town. what do we know about this threat that the >> i am not sure
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that i would make that much of it. i am afraid to say that bomb threats are a way of life in this country. when there is a major national story, people take it upon themselves to do this kind of thing. nonetheless, this is the st. rose church behind me and there was a service with world media outside, people were streaming out, some of them running or looking frightened. we were told that it was a bomb threat at the church. as you can see from these pictures, police and military turning up in serious looking vehicles, sealing off the church. they are still presently conducting a search. they also searched a school that was situated close by to the school building. no word on whether they found anything or not, but of course the president is coming later today you for a memorial service
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with the families of the victims. this will only make his visit that much more tight when it comes to security issues. >> police are obviously on high alert. they have also issued warnings about something else. mix reporting and social media. what is that about? >> we learned this the day from the connecticut state police. there are people on twitter who has -- who have taken it upon themselves to impersonate the police and put out misleading information. the connecticut state police had more to say about this at a news conference a short time ago. >> we want to make it clear that social media websites that contain information relevant to this case are not being posted by the connecticut state police, newtown police, or any authorities in this case. any of that information, people putting that information out
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there in any manner, it can be construed as a violation of state or federal law and they will be prosecuted. >> let's not forget that in all of this, the victims and the survivors -- particularly the survivors at this time, will have a terrible story to tell for the rest of their lives. >> the survivors of friday's shooting -- a day that we will never forget. within a few terrifying minutes she went from teaching her students to desperately protecting them. >> we gathered under the tables and just listened to nonstop gunfire happening right outside the door, knowing that the gunfire was showering the hallways and classrooms and it was nonstop. >> 9-year-old twins, ben and ethan, remember being led out of the school. >> when the police man came, he
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told us to shut our eyes and do this, like on the picture on the news. and run. and just go out. >> once the scene was secure, staff and students have been evacuated, medical staff rushed in, but there was not much left to do. >> this was the darkest thing i have ever been through. i went to medical training that taught me about dealing with stressful situations, and this is the darkest thing i have ever experienced in my life. very traumatic and terrific. >> we now know the names of the victims and have been given glimpses into their short lives. >> she was the kind of person that could light up a room. she always had something kind to say about everyone. aha her love, the strength that
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she gave us, it was remarkable. >> those were 6-year-old the liberals. they wore little dresses. they had birthday parties. they played dress up, princesses. they knew their abc's. they knew how to count. they knew how to be kind to others. >> this 27-year-old teacher did her students in the closets and cupboards and told the gunman that they were in the gym. she was shot dead, her students were unharmed. >> the community has come together, all classes. >> you could ask her for a hug and she would open her arms. >> and instinctively selfless act to protect the young of her.
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>> over the last 24 hours or so police were hinting that they knew something about the killer's motive for this shooting. any news on that front? >> a little bit. police are playing their cards close to their chest -- their words, not mine. they have said that both crime scenes, the school and the house where the mother was murdered, they have found good evidence to suggest a motive, but they said in the news conference, about one hour ago that they are not ready to discuss what it is. it has been widely reported here that police have begun searching the home where he lived with his mother and they found it to be in pristine condition, beautifully laid out, very clean, but two computers were completely smashed to
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smithereens. we do not know what that means. we are just reporting that it happened. barbara? >> john, thank you. reporting from newtown, conn.. several people have been injured in a series of explosions in kenya. we do know at this point that it happened in a district of the capital in a somalian neighborhood that has suffered a number of attacks in recent months. let's try and get more of this by speaking to our nairobi correspondent. i am told that you actually heard the explosion. tell us what you heard. >> i can confirm to you that one person has died and six people were seriously injured in this incident. we understand that three hand grenades were thrown from speeding cars at a nightclub.
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the police arrived fairly quickly and sealed off the area, trying to evacuate people from the area and track down the people responsible for what happened. this comes one week after a similar grenade attack at a mosque that seriously injured and killed several people. there have been several grenade attacks in the past few months. >> i know it is still early days, but is there any idea of who could be behind this? >> it is not clear at the moment, exactly, the previous attacks. the kenyan government has explained them by -- as
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sympathizers. she bought itself has never taken responsibility for any of these attacks. there is blame in the somali community for the violence we have seen and recently, just a few days ago, they issued a directive calling for all somali refugees to leave these cities and go back to refugee camps, like the ones in northern kenya. they see somalis as security risks. >> the latest from nairobi. thank you. syrian forces have bombed a mosque in damascus. one report said that 25 people have died. it comes as the french foreign
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minister said he believes the end is near for president of saab. >> this [indiscernible] at least one rocket hit this mosque. >> it hit the heart of the camp and the area close to it. the result was a large number of dead and injured. many civilians are trying to run away now. >> more than 500 refugees in syria, including members of the palestinian front for the olivier -- liberation of palestine. a group traditionally aligned with others. bear leader is said to have fled after clashes with government
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forces. the first time they have been hit since the syrian government began in march of 2011. and they have been fighting for weeks to drive rebels out. activists say that this was the six such attack. video of posted on the internet show the damage caused by continuous artillery and rocket shelling in the city. many residential buildings were destroyed. according to activists, air strikes near the biggest city killed dozens and injured many more. many of the dead and injured were brought to the local hospital, including women and children. the sunday attack came as the attack over three governments fought to grave -- fought to gain ground.
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>> at least six people have been killed in a series of bomb blasts in northern iraq. the area has some of the world's largest oil reserves and is at the heart of a dispute between the baghdad based arab government and ethnic kurds that run their own autonomous region. still to come on the program, guilty of dishonest conduct. former british army doctors who failed to detect an iraqi detainee. why as fans -- why is france saying goodbye to one of its most famous actors? ♪ >> hello, again. welcome back to your international weather forecast.
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bolivia, peru, we are expecting heavy rain. the mountains really enhance all that rain. this is what the forecast looks like as we move towards monday. we expect to see more rain across the region. temperatures staying at about 14 degrees. down here a couple of light showers, expect about 26 degrees. still looking nice across the caribbean, the islands will see sun for the next couple of days. in terms of temperature this is what it looks like. but over towards montego bay we expect to stay steadily drive. a high temperature in nassau. in the southeastern part of the united states we are expecting quite a bit of weather over the next couple of days. all of the clouds are right here.
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as we go toward monday you will see heavy rain showers here across atlanta. about 14 degrees in new york. temperatures
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hello? >> here is a recap of the top stories on al-jazeera. a church that the president -- that president obama was due to speak at has been evacuated because of a bomb threat. the president will attend a service on sunday evening, mourning the victims of friday's
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school shooting. several people have been injured in a series of explosions in kenya. the blast occurred in the capital, nairobi. the area has suffered a number of attacks in recent months. the japanese prime minister has stepped down after conceding defeat in parliamentary elections. the opposition party is said to have one more seats in the lower house. opposition groups in egypt are calling for the results of saturday's referendum to be thrown out under the claim of fraud. early tallies show that the majority of voters backed the new constitution, but only by a slim margin. we have the report from cairo. >> this is where the road to referendum began. two years after revolution, there are still protesters here who believe that the journey to democracy is far from complete. this is a depressing sunday
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reading for those who voted no to the draft constitution. >> we said no to the manner in which they choose to government egypt. but this should never be the way for the country to be ruled. the right way is for the people to take power. >> away from the square, others are content with preliminary results and the hopes that a new constitution could be in place and a dangerous vacuum build up. >> i voted yes after i read the constitution, even though i am against the theology of the muslim brotherhood. not only because i want stability, but because the constitution is good. >> there have been a number of complaints about flawed procedures at polling stations.
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this is another 25 million registered voters who will have the opportunity to affirm or deny. deal with it -- the only question is why it was as it was before. >> when we spoke even last night when the polls had just closed, there were already accusations of discrepancies. now we have seen more complaints. what are they about? >> that is true. in fact we have one massive discrepancy that is actually what the opposition was saying was the result of the first round of voting that those are not to be given from ballot
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boxes. 86% and then the one done yesterday and and they say that 66% and to break that up with any breakdown of how she has the 22nd of voting on the 22nd of december. they were saying that there were numerous irregularities for things they had seen come on like dead people on the rollout papers. -- scene, like dead people on the rollout papers. it was a fairly long list of complaints that they had. one thing that is interesting, yesterday, after we saw long
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lines outside the polling station, it does not look like it was with just a 30% of people turning out to vote. that is surprising, it is less than the turnout for the last two parliamentary and presidential elections. it seems that rather than voting yes or no, the majority of egyptians have shunned the the procedure altogether, essentially saying a pox on both your houses. >> mori, live in cairo. thank you. after three years in opposition, the japanese conservatives have been returned to power after winning a landslide victory in their parliamentary election. they had ruled japan for 50 years before they were expelled. their forecast to win two- thirds of seats in parliament. >> as the results come in,
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japanese politics are shifting to the right, bringing this man, a former prime minister, back into the spotlight. expected to become his country's eighth prime minister in five years, the conservative party is predicted to take two- thirds of the seats in the lower house. >> we came back to the party. also, i am at a point of the old party with a tradition. >> for many voters across the japan, it was the state of the economy that influenced them. >> restoring the economy is the most important issue. the ldp can be trusted to do that.
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>> this woman also voted ldp. this country must -- >> this country must stand up for itself and be strong. >> this election is a dramatic defeat for the prime minister, who announced his resignation with his democratic party of japan likely to lose two-thirds of their seats. emerging as a major force in national politics, the outspoken nationalist restoration party is predicted to become the third largest. >> conservative and nationalist candidates have been helped by recent spats between japan and their asian neighbors, china in particular. the question now is if they will back up the tough talk with action. >> of the ruling african national congress party is meeting to choose its next leader. the current party late -- party
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leader is being challenged by his secretary. thousands of delegates will pay for the summit that comes every year. but they also face criticism for corruption and in fighting. a former british army doctor has been found guilty of dishonest conduct over the death of an iraqi prisoner. the charges date back to 2003, when a hotel receptionist died after being arrested by british soldiers. andrew potter has more. >> the doctor had only been at his job for two months when he was presented with a case of [indiscernible] the last 36 hours of his life was being beaten by british soldiers. as he was dying, the doctor tried to treat him, but denied noticing anything more serious than a bloody nose, including a
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fractured ribs and a broken robe. the verdict is another victory for his often inquiry into professional standards. the doctor now works at a medical practice in north england and has denied any wrongdoing. the tribunal will decide if he is fit to continue practicing medicine. >> and it almost spells down to its knees. the designer of the interactive maps showing where every bomb
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was dropped has been overwhelmed by popularity. >> they were the darkest days in a long history of london, when the hitler air force tried to bomb the city into surrender. the blitz. over 1 million houses were destroyed, as were many beloved landmarks. now this web site and what if there were 31,000 doctors at all. they can pinpoint exact locations. >> even if the war is so far away that it is hard to imagine, my generation, we're close enough for it to still be relevant and for people to be engaged and interested.
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>> the reason why this website is so popular is because it helps londoners like me to connect to the past in a personal way. i live here, my house is down there. i learned that a bomb fell about 100 yards from where now i live in the winter of 1941. it fell and destroyed the old 19th century houses and you can see the more modern, postwar block that was put in its place. >> this woman was injured in 1940 when a bomb fell on the factory she was working. she did not think that young people today would be so interested. >> that surprises me, really. so much going on in the world that is not very good. bombs are dropping.
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wyvern of the past and i indienne, allied bombings and drew even worse construction. their teams are being cohesive be rebuilt, but the second world war remains a source of enduring fascination. enduring fascination.
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