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  • CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: I`m Carl Azuz. And welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • On Tuesday night, President Obama spoke to the American people about Syria.

  • He aimed to give a moral argument for why the U.S. military should get involved,

  • and then explained why he thinks what`s happening in Syria can potentially affect the United States.

  • BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNTIED STATES OF AMERICA: If we fail to act, the Assad regime will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons.

  • As the ban against these weapons erodes,

  • other tyrants will have no reason to think twice about acquiring poison gas and using them.

  • Over time, our troops would again face the prospect of chemical warfare on the battle field.

  • And it could be easier for terrorist organizations to obtain these weapons and to use them to attack civilians.

  • AZUZ: The president talked about the idea of a strike against Syria.

  • He also discussed a diplomatic proposal from Russia.

  • OBAMA: I determined that it is in the national security interests of the United States to respond to the Assad regime`s use of chemical weapons through a targeted military strike.

  • But this initiative has the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons without the uses of force,

  • particularly because Russia is one of Assad`s strongest allies.

  • I have therefore asked the leaders of Congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force,

  • while we pursue these diplomatic path.

  • AZUZ: That next step is for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to meet with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov that starts today in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • So, President Obama made his case on Tuesday.

  • Some members of Congress said they weren`t convinced.

  • SEN. RAND PAUL, (R ) KENTUCKY: What I`m arguing is that what the president has planned is not going to accomplish

  • what he says he`s going to accomplish, which is to punish Assad for this.

  • I think Assad personally will not be held accountable for this.

  • I also think that even if the diplomatic solution occurs,

  • that he still may not be accountable.

  • AZUZ: Next story today takes us to Libya.

  • One city in the North African nation has been the site of multiple attacks against diplomatic missions and officials.

  • Yesterday, a car bomb exploded outside of a foreign ministry building in Benghazi.

  • Large parts of the buildings out of walls were flown away,

  • but there were no casualties, and only one minor injury was reported.

  • This happened on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S.

  • In one year to the day after a terrorist attack against the U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya.

  • In 2012 the U.S. consulate building there was targeted.

  • This video was shot inside the consulate afterward.

  • Four Americans were killed in that assault, including U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens,

  • some lawmakers criticized President Obama and his administration for their response to that attack

  • and for not providing enough security before it happened.

  • Yesterday, we marked anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attack on the United States,

  • and Americans paused to honor the victims of that day.

  • In New York City, there were moments of silence.

  • Family members read the names of the people who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001.

  • People gathered at the Pentagon to remember lost loved ones.

  • President Obama was there, saying, "Our hearts still ache for the futures snatched away."

  • And the ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, is bells tolled for each passenger and crew member on board the plane that crashed there 12 years ago.

  • In New York, a new building, one World Trade Center, has been gradually climbing back up into the sky.

  • Here`s a look at its progress.

  • ANNOUNCER: It`s time for the "Shoutout."

  • What do Joan Smalls, Gisele Bundchen and Coco Rocha have in common?

  • If you think you know it, then shout it out.

  • Are they all authors, dancers, politicians or models?

  • You`ve got three second, go.

  • Smalls, Bundchen and Rocha are work as fashion models.

  • That`s your answer and that`s your "Shoutout."

  • AZUZ: In an industry that`s focused on looks, Shaun Ross stands out,

  • he`s not as famous as the models we mentioned in that Shoutout.

  • But Ross is making a name for himself and hoping to make a difference for others.

  • " But Ross is making a name for himself and hoping to make a difference for others.

  • On his Twitter page, Shaun`s description simply says, I want to inspire you.

  • He explains why and how in this report.

  • SHAUN ROSS: You know, I was always a person I was made fun of.

  • But yet again, I don`t want your sympathy.

  • All kids got made fun of sometime in your life, you know, for being too short, being fat, being skinny,

  • having buck teeth, having crooked teeth, you know.

  • All kinds of things.

  • So, I don`t want that to be the reason where (inaudible) you know, let`s look at this (inaudible) from sympathy.

  • My name is Shaun Ross.

  • And I`m considered technically a professional model

  • and I think that I broke the mold for a lot of people,

  • and I fight there are a lot of mold breakers.

  • Like I don`t think I even knew what albinism was until like maybe the sixth grade, seventh grade.

  • I never really questioned it.

  • You know, I just feel like, you know, I`ve always been the one who wanted to like stand out.

  • You know, it`s like if I stand out already, why not stand out ultimately?

  • So, when everybody thinks fashion week, you know,

  • they think of like this, like, super crazy paparazzi fashion, couture, gowns, everything.

  • It`s kind of weird, It`s kind of weird, it`s really like sometimes is an allusion.

  • The concept of perfection, it depends on, you know, what angle you`re coming from.

  • I was just a person that, you know, I felt that I could have got tattoos,

  • could have got piercings, could have died my hair.

  • I mean I`ve been asked by a lot of different people to dye my hair.

  • I`ve never done it.

  • Because it`s like, why should I change my appearance for you?

  • You know, you`re not changing your standards for me, so why should I change my standards for you?

  • You know, this has just been something I`ve seen my whole entire life in this career, what is perfect.

  • It`s just weird. I see these kids, and they`re just beyond talented.

  • And I just, you know, I just really want to be a voice for kids.

  • I really want to tell this little girl that, you know, you are not ugly because you have vitiligo or this --

  • a little girl who is literally half paralyzed, (inaudible) wheelchair,

  • but she doesn`t care, and she just wants to show the world, you know, how beautiful she is

  • because she is extremely beautiful, and that`s my whole message.

  • You can do whatever, it doesn`t matter what is -- you can just do it ever.

  • And you can go after, and you can accomplish it, and you can achieve it.

  • AZUZ: One is by land, two by see.

  • The "Roll Call" is coming, the "Roll Call" is coming.

  • Starts with Revere High School.

  • That`s why we did that.

  • Home of the Mini (ph) from Richfiel, Ohio.

  • For most of us today, it`s Thursday,

  • but for the Sunder at Discovery Canyon Campus in Colorado Springs, Colorado it`s Thursday, Happy Thursday, yo.

  • And Charlie the Cougar (ph) closes out today`s "Roll Call."

  • That`s the mascot at Helen Cox High in Harvey, Louisiana.

  • Wilson, Newton, RG3, NFL has some impressive mobile quarterbacks.

  • But keep an eye out for the (inaudible) player in this YouTube video, because after taking the snap, he takes off.

  • Boom, just nocks over that guy, outruns a bunch more.

  • He`s not done.

  • Jupes, the guy out by the sideline,

  • and stiff arm for good measure.

  • After all that, he deserves a clear path to the end zone.

  • He may be small, but it looks like he`s head and shoulder pads above the competition.

  • All right, time for us to take a hike, for CNN STUDENT NEWS, I`m Carl Azuz, we`ll see you tomorrow.

  • END

CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: I`m Carl Azuz. And welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS.

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