special. >> we'll bring you the story of a your group of arrivals. in the news from europe - u.s.-german relations as it's alleged that angela merkel's phone has been bugged for a decade. >> and in georgia, the ruling president set to win the election with two-thirds of the vote. . welcome to the show. we begin in iraq where the rising number of deaths is becoming a daily okourns. a series -- occurrence, a series of bombing targetting shiite areas. in the latest wave of violence 54 people were killed and more than 150 injured. we have this report. >> reporter: clearing debris and washing away the blood. this is what it looked like
after one in a series of coordinated car bombings and suicide attacks in a shia neighbourhood in baghdad. >> translation: what happened today is a kat as trophy. a child, woman and father. three members of the same family killed. >> it was too similar in other areas. the number of attacks in iraq has grown steadily for months. people are demanding answers. tran transcars were tran tran cars were >> translation: cars were set on fire. where does it come from, why us. it's not a human being who does this. >> a corrupt and lopsided government continued to the sectarianism that caused the increase in violence. the government accuses sunni politicians of supporting terrorist groups like al qaeda. there's no room to bridge the
divide between the shit items and soounies. >> president almalicy is heading here this month, hopeful of winning a third term in elections. a study estimated as many as half a million died in iraq since the u.s. invasion. getting rid of a dictator made no difference in the lives of many, who today have to bury their family. >> police in afghanistan say a roadside bomb killed 18. the blast happened where the taliban have a strong presence. most of the dead are women and children, returning from a wedding on a mini bus. in kabul an attack targetting a group of soldiers killed a young girl instead. the explosion took place outside a market. military officials say nine were injured, including five soldiers. they were waiting for a bus to take them to work.
[ ♪ music ] now, every day thousands of people leave their homelands in search of a better life, often at great risk to themselves. many don't make it. some fall victim to people traffickers, others face a perilous journey. when they arrive the welcome can be far from warm. more than half are fleeing war, according to the latest u.n. figures. most come from five countries - afghanistan, iraq, syria, somalia and sudan. one of the main routes is from the indonesian islands of java to australia. since late 2007 boats carrying 45,000 people have arrived on australian shores. another major route is, of course, from africa into europe, through the tiny italian island of lampedusa - 113km off the coast of tunisia. more than 13,000 migrants landed
on lampedusa on the first nine months of this year alone. we have correspondents on either side of the mediterranean. we'll hear from barnaby phillips in lampedusa, but first to the tunizian capital. many migrants set off - any idea how many migrants set off from tunisia? >> actually, migrants don't leave from tunis but leave from tunisia. more than 5,000 tunizians made it to it ly -- italy. militias are running the show, the human trafficking. it is a preferred destinations
for sub-sa harans. the weather has picked up - waters are choppier, it is world. tonight, most probably a boat will leave from the nav can - north african shores. most probably they'll be given a satellite phone with a couple of numbers. most probably people that have not steered a boat, and they'll have to head in the dark towards lampedusa. >> we can see the waves behinds you, chopping behind you. i imagine there's pressure on the government in tunisia and europe to regulate, if not stop the boats. >> definitely here in tunisia there's an immense amount of pressure from the e.u. that is why the coast guard is out searching for boats, and also the national guard along the coastline. that's why there are fewer boats leaving.
they clamp down on the human trafficking here. in libya there is pressure there too, but the problem there is that the prime minister and the authorities in tripoli do not have much power or say over the militia. it seems like they are the ones who are running the human trafficking show. >> of course, there's migrants making the journey to get to europe. the first island they see is lampedusa. barnaby phillips, i know you have been speaking to migrants that have made the journey. what have they been telling you? >> well, they have been telling us that they are desperate. many came from syria, and for obvious reasons they felt they had to get out of the country. they were prepared to take enormous risks and spend a lot of money. the people we have spoken to say they have spend 1,000, 2,000, $3,000 perhaps to trafficking gangs who help them to move
across north africa and then further. i spoke to a lot of erit rayans. there's a lot from eritria. numbers are equal in terms of how many people came across the mediterranean - equal request those of syria. it has to be an endietment of the government, bearing in mind the horrific circumstances that people are living through in syria. lampedusa, meanwhile, is a tiny place caught in the middle of this extraordinary drama. a few square kilometres, a barren place of rock and scrub - one little village behind me. through a quirk of geography, it is important. it is the first little bit of europe that the migrants reach. >> >> reporter: it's been voted the most beautiful beach in europe. how easy it is to forget the
drama and tragedy that plays out a few miles offshore from lampedusa. the italian navy sent a big ship to help with the crisis. we were allowed on board. in the hold we found a pathetic cargo - 318 people picked up at sea the previous night. most of the africans are young men, many are eritreans, paying smugglers thousands to flee their country. >> we are here from sudan, by sub-sahara. it is very dangerous. so many young. >> then there are the syrians. of all ages. none of them know what will happen next. some are too young to understand where they are. they are registered straight away. the navy will take them to sicily, because lampedusa is struggling with the migrants it
has. this is not just an italian problem. >> definitely not, because the biggest part of the immigrants that wish to go in germany, norway, other parts of europe. at this moment they have a more flourishing economy. this is an historical situation in which people are leaving their homeland because of the change of the climate, because of wars. it's a massive activity. >> this is the center which the italian authorities built to house migrants on lampedusa. it was built for 250, maximum 300 people. but there's always a lot more than that here these days. at the moment there are over 700 inside. we were not given permission to enter. >> so through the fence we spoke to mohammed from damascus. how was his sea journey to lampedusa. >> so dangerous. so crowded. the waves, and the sea - like i
say, it's too dangerous. >> what do you want now? what is your dream for the future? >> to complete my studies; to have respect. >> lampedusa was a sleepy place known for fishermen and sun sets. now it has a fame it never desired, as the island which people risk everything to reach. >> i think european politicians are pulled in two different ways when it comes to the crisis. of course, there is a humanitarian instinct. no one wants to see these tragedies in the mediterranean, and no one wants to see more people drowning. there are cold political realities. the e.u. as a region receives more might grants than other --
migrants than other parts of the world. it is not popular. in many countries, there's a feeling that resources a limited, and are stretched for health and education. that is why it's so difficult for european leaders to do something decisive about this. they are pulled in two different directions simultaneously. >> thanks to barnaby phillips and lampedusa, and our tunize correspondent. >> that is what is happening in north africa and europe. let's have a look at the situation in the americas. every year the u.s. coast guard intercepts an average of 6,000 migrants drying to enter -- trial to enter the country. there has been a large increase in the number crossing from the dominican republic, to puerto rico. many see the u.s. territory as an easy route.
as andy gallagher report - most risk everything when they attempt the crossing. >> the dominican republic's northern coast has a reputation. >> one, two, three... . >> it's easy to hire a boat and captain to cross the passage to puerto rico. this man has taken several boatloads of migrants across the waters. >> translation: the more they drown, the more they keep on attempting to cross and they are not afraid. a lot of people have died. a lot have made it. we risk ourselves, because of our condition. >> the dangers of making the crossing are all too real for this woman. she has this faded picture of her late husband pedro - he drowned two years ago, his body never recovered and she struggles to feed her three children. >> translation: he told me, "i'm going to puerto rico, to go
for two or three years to buy a house for the children to give them a better future. i didn't want him to go. he told me he had to." >> these folks never made the crossing. they were confiscated and sit in the navy yard. symbols of desperation. 20 people pack into a boat like this, spending thousands in the hope of a better life. for those who manage to make it safely to puerto rico, the journeys have only begun. >> this father offers shelter and advice to new arrivals. he's helped hundreds settle in miami and new york, but without money or family contacts many remain in limbo. >> translation: it's like the lottery - it's a chance. they look for a better life.
like the lottery you play to win and you can lose. they play with their lives. >> despite the massive risks, people like this say they have nothing to lose. >> what we left behind was a dangerous world. that is why i'm happy now. we are in a better world. i like that. that's why we struggle to get here from a place with no joy, and where we were scared of failure. >> these men and women risked all to come here, driven by desperation and filled with hope. they may not know what lies ahead, they take a gamble it's better than what they left behind. >> we are joined by andy, from the puerto rico capital. what comes next for the people, at the end of your report, once they arrive? >> if they are from the dommin can republic they'll probably
end up here. there's about a third of illegal immigrants, fulfilling domestic trade, coming to escape poverty. for the hashans, they are in lix bow. they spend all they have. they were charged between $50, $100 and more. when they get here, they have no offenses and no hope of going on. they are overwhelmingly happy. that's what we found. some have relatives in the united states, some they don't know where they are, but hope to reach them. authorities in the united states are doing what they can to deter that travel. earlier we spoke to captain mcpherson of the u.s. coast disorder. >> illegal migration by these means at sea is dangerous. we know the ones we intercept, we know of those that may make it to land. we don't know the many hundreds who perish at sea.
that is why we are trying to get the message out to the haishans, to the community back in the united states, to not encourage this type of voyage. there are safer legal means to reach the united states. by taking these voyages, they put themselves in jeopardy, and family members who support that unknowingly put their loved ones in jeopardy as well. >> now, despite those dire risks and the risks are great, it hasn't stopped the number of people trying to get across the passage. it's called a popular route, a disturbing word to use for a journey like that. the figures bear it out. back in 2009 they caught 5,000-6,000 trying to make the crossing. this year alone it's close to 1800. the route from the dominican republic is as good as the united states, it's getting
popular and despite the warnings people will not stop to attempt the crossing >> andy gallagher in san juan. thank you. more to come on the program - first we uncover the hidden workforce who helped to rebuild new york's east a year after hurricane sandy. people living in a disputed border region are deciding whether to be pard of sudan or -- part of sudan or south sudan. whatever the outcome, will it happen. >> and in sport - sebastian vettel celebrates making formula 1 history. first columbia's fark rebels cleared a marine. kevin scott was kidnapped in jooup whilst trekking through the -- june whilst trekking through a jungle.
a backpacker was captured. col up bian police warned him to change plans and not hike through that region. >> people in argentina are voting in congressional elections. the campaign was dominated by the ailing economy, corruption and increasing crime rates. analysts say the results were marked the beginning of the end of president cristina kirchner's political power. we are joined from buenos aires for more. what is at stake for cristina kirchner for the lctions? -- elections. >> in order to understand the elections, you have to understand that cristina kirchner and her deceased husband dominated politics for a decade. it's the third anniversary since the former president died and the president herself is out of sight. she had emergency brain - head
operation three weeks ago, and she will not be back in the presidential seat for a few more weeks. unless the ruling populous party was able to have a massive show of support in the elections, which the polls show it won't, it will be impossible for the ruling party to reform the constitution, giving cristina kirchner a third term. after the elections we should see the beginning of a power race for succession to see who will take her place and which party will take over argentina. >> you mentioned her illness. what is the effect of her being so unwell. she was not able to campaign since her operation last month? >> no, she wasn't able to campaign, but the polls before she fell ill showed that she had lost a lot of popularity, and during primaries in august the
ruling party that she represents, the populist party scored about 6% of the votes. having said that, her party is not expected to lose control, at least of the lower house. it may lose control of the senate. it will be difficult for her to govern. what kind of a government will argentina have two years from now when the next presidential elections are held. >> thank you. >> legendary musician lou reed died at the age of 71 - cording to "rolling stone" magga seen. he was a leading singer of the velvet underground and known for an illustrious career. he fused rock and art, working with artist andy warhol in the '60s. he suffered ilhealth and had a liver transplant in may. >> there are claims the united states could have been spying on
angela merkel's mobile phone since 2002. more on that. let's cross to our european broadcast center. >> thank you. the latest reports were published in a magazine and will strain relations between the allies. the the publication said it has seen secret documents from the national security agency that shows angela merkel was monitored by u.s. intelligence before becoming chancellor. let's look at what we know. there was a report that the nsa special collection service, scs listed merkel's telephone since 2002 on the former george w. bush's administration. nsa and cia used high-tech surveillance to tap government communications from the u.s. embassy in berlin. it remains unclear where the scs had recorded conversations or
just logged them. members of the european parliament are on the way to washington for an explanation. not everyone believes they are in the wrong. >> the nsa saved a lot of lives in the united states, and france and germany. the fact is the french carried out spying operations against the united states - the government and industry. as far as germany, that's where the hamburg plot began, leading to 9/11. they had dealings with north korea, french and germans - we are not doing this for the fun of it. >> exit polls in georgia put an ally of the current prime minister on course for cricketly. the results she marg -- show that georgi margvelashvili has two-thirds of the votes. let's look at the lecksz --
election issues - providing more work for the 4.5 million population. georg georgia's brittle relationship with russia - ties severed after they clashed in 2008. stamping out corruption is also a front runner, following dozens of members of the current president's team being hit with criminal charges and some were gaoled. robin forrester walker has our report. >> a vote for the end of an era and the beginning of a new government in georgia. georgi margvelashvili looks set to take the presidency. >> i voted for future prosperity of the country. for future of our nation, and for better tomorrow. exit polls indicate that a run-off with nino burjanadze or david bakradze from president mikheil saakashvili's u.n. movement has been avoided.
georgi margvelashvili is lead -- mikheil saakashvili is leaving after 10 years at the top. his demart tur -- departure beginning a transition of power after his government's defeat. >> georgia will go through a turbulent period. we have a serious set back. in our international situation and reputation, i hope it's reversible. the new president will remain the head of state, constitutional changes means real power is about to transfer to the prime minister. >> translation: today we are proving we are europeans and are showing maximum responsibility >> the georgian dream coalition may have a president from their political camp. that will consolidate their power. a georgi margvelashvili win means that the prime minister
will stick by his promise to step down. georgia's richest man believes he has restored democracy to the country. >> that confidence is not universally shared. >> whether the perform stays in charge informally, meaning he'll rule but with no responsibility - maybe that is the biggest challenge for georgian democracy. mikheil saakashvili's chosen candidate looks set to take office. that is an unusual way to begin an era of parliamentary democracy. >> more to come from europe later, including... >> i'm in cypress where the relationship between this part of the island and turkey is not just political - it's about to get physical. >> anambitious program to combat drought in one of the driest regions of kenya.
hello again, these are the stories making headlines. . car bombs and suicide attacks killed 31 people and injured 144 across iraq. 10 car bombs rocked baghdad. 37 people were killed in a suicide attack as soldiers queued up for their pay. >> the u.n. says there are now more refugees than at any other time since 1994. figures show more than 50% come from five countries - afghanistan, iraq, syria, somalia and sudan. >> people in argentina vote in congressional elections. the ruling party of cristina kirchner is expected to do badly in a campaign dominated by the economy's poor performance. >> let's return to our top story - and the wave of bombings across iraq.
we are joined live via skype from washington. a professor at john hopkins school of advanced international studies and a scholar at the middle east institute. iraq has suffered a decade of this violence. there has been an uptake recently. this year almost 6,000 civilians have been killed, according to the united nations. what do you attribute that to? >> there has been an update. largely it's adistribute uble to -- attributable to al qaeda resurges, due in part to the situation -- resurgence due in part to the situation in syria. >> there has been dominance by the al qaeda groups, but what about the insurgens in iraq, and the wave of bombings that you see - the targets, shia areas - it suggests that there's sunni groups operating within the
country. >> unquestionably there are sunni groups operating in the country, but some of those are al-qaeda affiliated. without the al qaeda ingredient it would be very hard for the indigenous sunni groups to mount this kind of effort. frankly, most sooupies in -- sunnis in iraq are not interested in mounting this effort. they have preferred nonviolent protests and preferred political participation in the recent past. >> of course, i mean, we should say there has been revenge attacks against sunnis. 20 sunnis have been killed this month alone. what are these groups trying to achieve in the country? >> they are trying to make a mesz, and a mesz that will lead to restoration of some kind of dictatorship, presumably sunni led. i don't think they have much
chance of achieving that, but there - they certain are making life difficult for prime minister malice who has -- maliki who has recently been on the ropes, not knowing what to do with the uptake in the violence. i want to add this is nowhere near the level of violence that prevailed in iraq in 2006/2007, when the americans were still there. >> indeed, you mentioned prime minister malice -- maliki, he'll visit with president barack obama this week, asking, apparently, for more drones and f-16 fighter jets. are the security forces in iraq overwhelmed. do they need more help? >> i think they are overwhelmed, but i don't think either drones or f-16s are what the guys need. what they need is better intelligence about al qaeda in
particular. that is the area in which the withdrawals - the americans has weakened the iraqi security forces the most. they simply haven't succeeded yet in filling that gap, the intelligence gap. >> okay. good to get your thoughts. thank you dan your serwer. >> around 20 syria rebel groups rejected peace talks. anyone taking part in the so-called geneva ii dialogue will be exiting an act of treason it has been said. the u.s. special envoy is expected to meet the syrian government on monday to shore up support for the talks. there has been more fighting between government troops and rebels around the syrian capital. the amateur video shows fighters firing machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades against military targets. on the iraqi border kurdish
fighters have taken control of a town. opposition fighters faced setbacks in the area. the national coalition condemned iraq for its involvement. there has been no comment from the iraqi government. >> meanwhile international weapons experts completed the first phase of a mission to destroy syria's chemical weapons, saying the deposit in syria handed over a detailed plan to eliminate the arsenal, and is cooperating in allow access to the sites. the next phase of the plan will be to destroy the weapons by the middle of next year. people in sudan's disputed avea region are voting in a referendum organised by a local pressure group and will decide whether to join sudan or south sudan. the result of boat will not be recognised by sudan or south sudan. >> now it's a tough time this
time of year for thousands of herders in northern kenya. they are struggling to keep animals alive because of the drought. katherine sawer reports from one of the driest regions in the country. irrigation canals could be the april. >> a yellow flag flies high at the government head office in northern kenya. it let's people know that there's a drought. some areas in the region have not had rain for months. joseph knows the signs. he has seen drought too many times. >> translation: it's a problem. all the animals die during the drought. there's no water, and there's no pasture. >> this is not the only one worried about the dry season. the animal market - business is brick. >> the herders come from far. they are eager to sell off some of their animals before the drought gets worth.
>> kenya has to deal with poverty, starvation and food aid. the government has been pushing for an irrigation program to complement pastoral relief. this man is trying to convince herders that farming is the way to go. >> we need to do it to feed ourselves and the rest of the country. i want to be very much optimistic by saying that it is possible we can do it. >> already many have abandoned pastoralism and are farming lands, using canals such as this to irrigate. >> translation: this farming challenged our lives. we can feed our families and have a surplus to sell. >> it's a new practice. and there are many problems. the biggest one is protecting their crop from being destroyed by the many cattle roaming free.
>> so they take turns to guard the farm day and night. it's difficult. they tell us it's better than having to depend only on animals in a region where drought wipes out entire livestock. [ ♪ music ] it's a bitterly divided country and the resentment in cyprus is spected to get worse in the next few months. that's because the north, which cypress says is illegally occupied by turkey is about to become physically linked to the turkish mainland by a water pipeline, to solve the island's water shortage. it will not be of use to greek sipry ots because they are not getting any. >> for a country surrounded by water, you might not expect
cypress to suffer a shortage. but this island has got supply issues. there's not enough of it that is clean and drinkable. the answer - pump it in. the question - where from? how about turkey? not far, just across the sea in that direction. of course it has the capability, the infrastructure to deliver clean drinking water. that is exactly what will happen, a pipeline is being built. it will go across the sea into northern cypress, delivering fresh water to turkish sipry ots. as for greek sipry ots, they are suffer the same hot temperatures and water shortages, when it comes to this issue they are on their own. >> cyprus is divided. there's the greek side and the turk ir sigh. the greek sipry ots don't recognise the turk ir element. they say it's their land and is illegally occupied. no one in the outside world recognises northern cypress being independent apart from turkey. the pipeline means that part of
the island is linked to turkey physically as well as metaphorically. this is the biggest part of the project, a dam 60 metres deep, costing $500 million. it's almost complete. here in northern cyprus they say it could benefit the entire island, but claim the greek sipry ots don't want to know. >> translation: we offered to share the water. they have not come back to us. >> this short ige affects the whole island and i hope providing water would lead to lasting peace. it's technically possible to share. they haven't asked. >> cyprus's government says it is wrong, and gave us this statement: the pipeline is expected to be running by march, bringing an
end to the water shortage for some residents, but not an end to the bitter divide existing here for decades. the bad feeling on either side in plentiful supply. in romania ethnic hungarians demand greater economic independence from the central government in buicka rest. marches are taking place in 14 different hungarian communities in the transvainia region. ethnic hungarians count for 6% of romania's population. in moscow protesters demand the release of 27 people who demonstrated against vladimir putin's inauguration. opposition joined the march, hoping the prisoners are released to avoid embarrassment when the winter olympics are staged next year.
>> a big storm in years is making its way through the u.k. and france. millions are preparing for train and airport disruptions. britain's prime minister david cameron tweeted that he made emergency plans. >> we have severe weather that is working towards the north-western parts of europe. we can see the system developing. it's this bit of cloud here scouting towards the north-east and it is deepening as it does so. it will give us heavy rain, but the main problem is going to be with the winds. the worst of the winds - they are going to be in the southern lastful u.k. and across the -- last of the u.k. and across the southern france. the worst is the dark red colours - with guts of up to 120 k/hr. north, across the southern half of wales and east anglia, they could gust up to 80 k/hr, giving us a major problem with the monday morning rush hours.
trees will be down and powerlines as well. >> that is it from london for this news hour. now it's back to doha. >> after the break we'll give you a blast from the past. find out what some archeologists found after digging underground in new york city. i'm live at the world series in st louis missouri. there'll be a breakdown of the game-free drama, and tell you about it coming up in sports.
welcome back. it's been a year since hurricane sandy battered the east coast of the u.s. home owners, businesses and volunteers have worked hard to rebuild communities ever since. there's a hidden group of workers who have done a large part of the clean-up - undocumented migrants. we were sent this report. >> this man has worked construction on staten island for years. after hurricane sandy, they took to the streets to do what they do best. together with undocumented immigrants they formed volunteer clean-up brigades. >> after sandy thousands of day labourers who lived in the affected neighbourhoods were among the first responders, way before fima, way before the red cross. they went into the neighbourhoods, bringing relief to many people that give them jobs - the home owners that give
them jobs for years. day labourers worked for free, clearing debris, distributing food and water. >> translation: the people were grateful and happy we were there working. they didn't know who we were. we came up and started helping without being asked to. we felt compelled to do it. >> it's not the first time undocumented immigrants have been on the first lines. a quarter of workers that helped to rebuild new orleans were undocumented according to a 2006 university of berkley study. the studies say the restriction of sandy were no different. >> in new york we have teps of thousands of -- tens of thousands of undocumented workers affected. they are helping others who can afford the rebuilding process, but caned afford rebuilding their own dwellings. >> without access to federal
sans many really on -- assistance, many rel on centres like this for help on rebuilding. this center offers safety equipment and training. >> translation: we didn't know anything about safety and didn't have gloves. now we are going to classes to learn about safety, how to clean out mould, to be prepared. >> a year later, day labourers say their communities have changed also. >> people look at us differently after the help we offered. the americans who looked at us suspiciously in the street now, when we see them, say, "hi" to us m that's when we realised what changed after hurricane sandy. >> the irony is while the politicians discuss the future of the 12 million undocumented immigrants in this country, those undocumented immigrants are defining the future of many neighbourhoods. this is a case of sandy, this is the case of new orleans - day labourers rebuilt that and brought back the sense of
community. >> community these imgrants say are stronger than ever. >> into time for your sport. here is andy. a late, late winner as chelsea moves second, giving chelsea a 2-1 win. the opening goal by andre. and surgio with an equalizer. torres' efforts saw city slide to their third defeat of the season. >> tottenham up to fourth after a win over hull. sunderland pick up a win over the season, over newcastle. the 2-1 victory lifting them from the bottom of the table. >> spanish league leaders barcelona, later. villa real picking up a win to stay fourth in the table.
this win over vallen shia putting them within a couple of points of third-placed real madrid >> and at home the spanish opponents down to so men. suna in the rely gags places. >> a few hours away from game 4. st louis won after a trip at third base. craig looked to be close to home plate. the umpire made the call saying craig was safe due to the obstruction at third base. that sealed victory for the cardinals. jessica taff is at bush stadium. explain this. how rare is that obstruction call and was it the right call? >> first and foremost i can't
tell you. i have never seen a baseball game end on a construction call. it's rare. not during a game, because it can happen a lot of times when you have someone at the plate and they bat. you see the runners and fielders get tangled up a bit. to end a game like that, i don't remember it ever happening. the thing is it was the right call. at this point in the game you had the player at third. you have to have the fielder get out of the way. they have to do the best to get out of the way as soap as possible. the base pad -- as soon as possible. the base pad was obstructed. as joe torres said after when speaking to the umpires in the post-game room. they said it's unfortunate that the game ended that way. but absolutely it was the right call. you'll never see a game end like that. the last time we saw a world series game end on an error was coincidentally with the boston red sox in 1986 when they lost to the new york mets.
>> the next two games are at st louis. the red sox appear to be at a disadvantage. do they have the character to pick themselves up? >> you know character and the boston red sox go hand in hand. dustin petroia says the one play will not define them or the team. this is a team, if you want to talk about character finished dead last last year, going from worst to first. they come back, lead the division and are standing at the world series. they have guys that have been there before. it will not define them. does it hurt - absolutely. can the cardinals get momentum? absolutely. in this series you could almost flip a coin and see who will have the 'emming and they'll -- edge and they'll come in with a chip on their shoulder after losing last night. >> thank you so much for that. sebastian vettel is consolidating his place as one
of the greatest formula 1 drivers of all time. victory at the indian grand prix saw him win a fourth-straight world championship and red bull won the construction championship. >> for a fourth season in a row the drivers of fooup formula 1 are left in sebastian vettel's smoke. sitting on poll vettel needed a top five place in india to retain the world title. or have fernando alonso fail to finish first or second. the spaniard's car needed a new nose following a collision with red bull's member ber. sebastian vettel -- mark webber. sebastian vettel pitted early, returning in 17th, buts raced his way up the grid. >> stop the car, stop the car.
stop the car. stop the car. pull over in a safe place. >> alternator trouble ended mark webber's place with a third of the grand prix left. sebastian vettel was out in front at that stage. unlike the last two years, the german didn't leadery lap, but would cross the finish line 30 seconds ahead of the field. fernando alonso would come 11th. sebastian vettel's si.ds -- sixth-straight win and fourth title in a row. >> the spirit inside the team is so strong that it gives me so much power. it's a pleasure to jump in the car and go out with the guys and try to, yes, give it all i have. the car was phenomenal today. it was phenomenal season, to be honest. >> sebastian vettel's and red bull's dom nation continues, and they sealed a fourth-straight
construction title. >> sebastian vettel has now won as many world titles as alain profit. the frenchman's four championships came in 14 years. he is the youngest man to do that. manual claimed four in a row in the 19 '50s, five in title. the oldest man was 46 when he won in a mazza rarty in 1957. sebastian vettel will attempt to equal michael shooum abbinger with five straight titles -- right now he's short. >> serena williams has beaten li that in the final of the w -- li number of a in the final of the wta championships. serena showed signs of fatigue and lost the first rap.
this is li na took the first. the world number one won in three sets, claiming her 11th title of 2013. more on the website. check out aljazeera.com/sport and details on how to get in touch with us on twitter and facebook. plenty more sport from me later. that is it for now. >> thank you, andy. great stuff. >> a team of arkiologists in new york is recreating a snapshot of life from the past. thousands of artefacts have been discovered from under the city, some from as far back as the 18th century. >> roadworks are a part of every day life in manhattan. underneath blocks of the island's south street seaport the past and present collided. over the last few years maintenance with heavy machinery has been interrupted to make way for delicate work.
>> we are working east towards the east river. we knew there was a possibility of the finding of artefacts. that's why we hired a team to assist and work with us. >> a top team of archeologists has been called in to preserve an era long gone. they have been wiping the dirt off thousands of relyics buried below the city, some dating back 250 years. >> we are getting a sense of how new york city was developed and built, how people were living in the 18th, 19th septemberury. how some things are similar, they stay the same and how things have changed throughout time. >> each piece is cleaned, packaged and labelled. using books, photographs and other historical references alissa and their team have been able to identify most of their findings. and establish how they were used before electricity and other modern conveniences.
among intriguing items, a tooth brush with bore bristles, and a syringe made of bone. in its early days new york city was centered around the ports and docks and expanded to outer neighbourhoods, explaining why a number of items were found in a small concentrated area. discoveries have been shared with younger generations. >> history will come alive with the objects people were using, as ponds to facts and figures -- opposed to fact and figures and people in a textbook. >> they are hoping that the artefacts will be made into an exhibit. >> this area has been a mixture of old and new - with historic buildings along with modern high rices. over the past few years, people are moving back to the neighbourhood with a reminder of how life used to be just below. >> stay with us here on al
this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm jonathan betz with a look at the top stories. >> columbia's farc guerillas freed a former u.s. marine, kevin scott. who was kidnapped while hiking through a jungle in a known guerilla area. the u.s. is grateful for help from the columbian, norwegian and cuban governments. >> syria files their gas and nerve program and how to destroy them. it was in line with an agreement led by the organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons. the group hopes to eliminate