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>> welcome to the news hour. from al jazeera news center in doha and london. talks with rivals as fighting spreads beyond the capitol. former egyptian president mohamed morsi stands trial for conspiring with four members of his organization to commit terrorist acts.
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>> russian's parliament could help 30 green piece activists. and italy's treatment of migrants in a video from lampedusa causes outrage. >> willing to speak with rivals in an effort to end days of violence. 500 people have been killed since sunday since th the latest attempt of a coup. bring us up with the latest and those reports. >> reporter: yes, the latest we've been hear something overnight the clashes spread into its capitol city.
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now in the past few hours there were reports of renewed heavy fighting outside and inside. of course, this is a huge concern because the hope was that the issue would remain contained in the capitol city. but once you see spread outside the capitol could there be a domino effect? could we see other states as well affected? that's where things get a little bit messy. this political dispute between the president and his former deputy, both of whom belong to competing tribes, could take on a whole new dynamic of possible tribal clashes, wider tribal clashes. that is the concern that many observers have now. we've also seen citizen citizen-
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citizen--civilians take refuge. many people still refuse to go leave the compounds despite assurances that everything is under control. >> reporter: afraid for theirs r lives. these people are looking for a safe place to hide for from the hiding. the message from their government, go home. >> when you came here you were looking for peace. now there is no fighting. now we are telling you that everyone should go back to their house. listen to me, listen to me. listen to me. >> the people didn't want to listen. how can you say that, one of them asks. >> someone can in his house and they ask a certain language, and if he couldn't speak, they would take him out of his house and kill him. >> reporter: it has become dangerous. at least three women have given
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birth, and they say they're running out of food. sanitation is becoming an issue, and if the crisis goes on much longer they may be unable to cope. >> thousands and thousands of civilians have taken to two bases, which actually is quite trying for the capitol in terms of medical, food, water, and protection. >> soldiers of the south sudanese armies are fighting, and they are loyal to the president whil. government said bashar's forces have been defeated.
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>> an unknown number of civilians, women and children have been killed. world leaders are asking the governor of south sudan to show restraints but circumstances on the ground remain in flux. meanwhile the people are caught in the kids. >> the president has offered to talk with his rival, but these are two men who deeply mistrust each other. >> indeed, the offer came from the president remarks made to reporters, but we don't know if there was an actual serious offer made to members of his camp. remember, government officials who are supportive of mushar have been rounded up, it is not
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clear really there is that argument if a thanksgiving if you're seeking someone, you're also trying to hold talks with him. how genuine that is, is not clear. he's certainly come under initiainternational pressure, tg him he needs to extend a hand to his political rivals. meanwhile that main rival with his first comment on the crisis today denied any involvement saying that he was merely trying to settle scores and described him as an illegal president. with these kind of strong remarks against each other it will be difficult to see how those two men will sit at a negotiating table. >> indeed, reporting live from
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nairobi. we'll have more analysis on the situation in south sudan. we're trying to find out what led to the current crisis, and how it could effect relations with south sudan's northern neighbor, sudan. that's coming up in 25 minutes on the news hour. six people were killed i in an envoy. three of the dead are believed to be foreigners. al-shabaab is being claimed for the attacks. the african union is pleading for help in somalia. people have been left homeless by flood. heavy rain in central sow a mall i can't, the extreme weather has badly damaged the area. and many people are without food and water. egypt's former president mohammed morsecy i morsi is to l
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for committing terrorist acts in egypt. he was ousted during a coup and arrested in july. we have this update. >> let me just give you the basics of what they're being charged with. mohammed morsi and his co-accused, have been accused of hespionage to carry out acts of terror in egypt and giving out secrets, carrying out military exercise to achieve the aims of the muslim brotherhood. and now the allegations date back to as far as 2005. in effect it adds up to
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challenge of treason. we've been in touch with mohamed morsi's lawyers, who say they have not received the details. they say they're still waiting for details of the former response. you i think we'll see these as trumped up charges. >> over 40,000 people have been forced from their homes by torrential rain in gaza. they have named gaza as an disaster area and calling an once in a century event. >> after days of torrential rain
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manareas look like this. thousands of people have had to leave their home. she went back to check th--theyk to check the damage. >> even the walls and the floor are damaged. i need $15,000 to repair my house. look at this equipment. everyone is ruined. >> the u.n. has provided aid to about 8,000 people. all of them in refugees. many were trapped in their homes by the rising waters, and it's only now that this man was able to enter his shop. >> we've been trying for a week. only today managed to open the
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store. it is in ruin. i need $12,000 to get my store fit for use. >> reporter: more than a half million people live in the gaza strip, and there is a shortage of almost everything. there isn't enough food, medicine or fuel, and the electricity is unary liable. gaza has had it tough sinc since 2006. israel and certain arab powers refuse to recognize the victory of hamas. many remain vulnerable to wars and the fighting and the winter chill of the rains. >> much more ahead on the news hour including anti-corruption campaigners in india.
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and the man behind one of the most notorious robberies in england has died. and european authorities over illegal state aids. >> the syrian city of aleppo is enduring it's third straight day of airstrikes. activists say three people were killed in the neighborhood when a government helicopter dropped a bomb. meanwhile, international chemical weapons watchdog has released details of how it plans to replace syria's stock pile of weapons. they plan to remove the arsenal by the end of the year. but before syria is clear of weapons they have to fight on roads through a country fighting a civil war.
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>> reporter: it's been a challenging task, and it may get more complicated. the job is to dismantle and eliminate a chemical weapon program in the middle of a raging war. so far it's been a smooth operation. now it's time for hundreds of tons of toxic chemicals to be moved from storage sites. the stock pile, 500 tons of weapons will be taken cross country in trucks guarded by syrian government troops. they will be tracked by navigational satellite equipment. and then it will be loaded on danish and norwegian ships.
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it will be taken to be neutra neutralized at sea. the plans are in place, but is it feasible. how safe are these highways? >> not yet, not completely, and not 100%. >> reporter: he said the u.s. russia, and the u.n. will have to talk with regional countries with influence to ensure the convoy is not attacked. but they acknowledge that some of these groups are out of control. >> thadding to the difficulties bad weather. only last week one of the worst
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snow storms to hit the region in a hundred years cut off major roads. >> reporter: it seems confident and expect the cooperation it has received so far to continue and allow it's members to accomplish it's mission. >> the russian parliament has approved an amnesty law which could see up to 25,000 people released early from prison. we'll get more from lauren taylor. >> reporter: thanks, the amnesty is likely to free prisoners, it will include those who have not committed violent crimes, first offenders and mothers with children. >> it was this punk prayer by pussy riot in 201 2012 that left
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members of the group serving prison sentences of up to two years. now the amnesty approved on wednesday will see the last two pussy riot prisoners released. in all 25,000 people across russia will be freed in an amnesty drafted by president putin to celebrate the anniversary of russian's constitution. 6,000 will see charges against them dropped. but those charged with hool hoom would be freedom. the vessel art i can sunrise was boarded and 28 activists and two
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journalists were arrested and faced seven years in jail if convicted. the team now known as the arctic 30 were imprisoned, and later transferred to an old soviet era penitentiary in st. petersburg before being released on bail after greenpeace posted a $60,000 bond. they passed the amnesty bill that would include the activists. >> this is a way for russia to start selling more human rights, and i'm not prepared to say that i see that coming at this point. >> all confined to st. petersburg hotel for many the prison was a horrifying
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experience. >> to spend 24 hours in cell, and not knowing what was going on outside. >> reporter: it's believed the amnesty decree will become law on thursday, and the activists will be hoping they'll be able to leave russia and be home in time for christmas. peter sharp, al jazeera, moscow. >> the bailout deal that the country signed with moscow on tuesday will help the country. but with reports from kiev what is russia expecting in return. >> reporter: the people at this camp of supporters of president viktor yanukovych are happy with the deal with russia. >> it's a good deal. we needed this deal. >> reporter: in moscow president putin promised to bayou cranan government bonds as well as cut the cost of gas that moscow
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exports to ukraine by 33%, but it does not make it part of a customs union led by russia. demonstrations against that union have gone on for about three weeks. protesters in independent square demand that yanukovych make a deal with europe or resign. >> reporter: the question now is what will it mean to these opposition demonstrations. >> for now they're still going strong with people demanding that ukraine align it is with europe. >> ayanukovych was looking at moscow and bruc brussels. there is no need to look at bruce else. >> we don't trust russia. we don't belong to russia. we should be part of europe.
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in. the ukrainian prime minister said that he will sign the deal with the e.u. but few details have been made public. on thursday president yanukovych is expected to answer reporters' questions for the first time since the riots became widespread perhaps where ukraine fits in with russia and europe. >> the e.u. is threatening italy with legal action because of its actions towards migrants. it showed migrants being stripped and sprayed for scabbies in the cold, and they've received much worse treatment than that shown in the video. >> reporter: these are the shocking images bringing shame to italy on international migrant day. it shows migrants in the center
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of lampedusa being sprayed for scabbies in the middle of the center. >> people with no dress. >> reporter: the footage was leaked to an italian newscast by a migrant who said they were being treated like animals. but on wednesday migrants at the reception center said they saw the treatment as necessary evil. >> reporter: most migrants we spoke to here said they didn't mind being hosed down in plain view. what they're mostly concerned about is what they claim to be another form of torture that they had to endure upon their arrival here.
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this migrant claims italian authorities often take their fingerprints by force, by hitting them with sticks and threatening them with tasers. following the release of the video the european commission threatened italy with legal action for possible breach of the e.u.'s rules in granting asylum. thithis woman has worked here fr seven years. she wanted to stay anonymous. >> they told us clearly if we mistreated the migrants we would get fired. >> reporter: meanwhile migrants keep coming despite the unfavorable treatment. they will now be hosted in italy's reception centers and hopefully scenes from this video
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won't be repeated. >> later in the news hour with more from europe, after life on the run and a few years in jail. >> the peace between india and the united states shows no sign of dying down. india said they will bring her back at any cost at restore her dignity. she was arrested, strip-searched, thrown in jail with addicts in new york, fo. >> we have already taken some steps. let's see how useful they have
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proven to be. >> the parliament has approved a new anti-corruption law which allows politicians and civil workers to be prosecuted. they will investigate government wrong doings we have more from new delhi. >> life is not easy for mohammed. he works arrested to earn around $100 a month, but he spends most of it on bribes. mohammed has a license to operate but that does not stop policemen and other local officials from arresting him. >> they bother me all the time. they pick on me and ask me for money. a new law needs to stop all this and help me, and allow me to use the money to raise my children and better pride for my family. >> after years of political debate and resistence of anti-corruption bill has passed through india's law of house of parliament, the concept of an independent body to the monitor
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corruption in government was floated in 1963. not every is happy that it might become reality or convinced that anti corruption legislation will make any difference. >> this bill will increase the corruption. nothing will be done in the country, and no one will sign the papers. >> reporter: the man behind the most recent fight against corruption in india disagrees. watching parliamentary proceedings from his hometown, and corruption activist welcome the news. he marked the occasion by ending a hunger strike protesting against the government's failure to act. in 2011 tens of thousands of people protests across india. they vented their frustration from mult multimillion dollars government deals, and many say the bill is far from perfect.
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>> it is not a piece of work that happens in one day, one shot, one big bang. it is something that you work over decade and years. what we have now is a good start. >> reporter: it's known as the people's bills but critics say it should have been much stronger and given the power of ththat they have fought so hardo get. >> reporter: they describe the passing of this bill as a landmark step. now all it needs is the president's signature to become law. but the key to its success not only is implementation, that requires cooperation across new delhi but it's political will. >> still ahead on the al jazeera news hour.
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plus the international space station astronaut will have to step outside to make much-needed repairs. and the performance of the day for india in the first test match against south africa. details coming up later. do stay with us. we're back after the break. >> al jazeera america is the only news channel that brings you live news at the top of every hour. >> here are the headlines at this hour. >> only on al jazeera america.
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education apartheid, that's the facts... >> talk to al jazeera with m. night shayamalan sunday at 7et / 4pt on al jazeera america >> welcome back. you're watching the news hour. we go to our top stories. south sudan president has offered talks to end days of violence. 500 people have died in days of fighting since sunday. egypt's prosecutor has ordered mohamed morsi and for others members muslim brotherhood to stand trial for committing terrorist acts in egypt and and divulging information to other
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state. russian has passed its amnesty bill which will release many prisoners includes two members of the pussy riot and green peace. first, if you could give us background on what we're seeing today. we're aware of the historic events in the south. what is the nature of the violence that we're seeing in south sudan? is it political or ethnic? >> it's primarily military and ethnic. events have moved very, very quickly in the last four days, and i'm afraid news has not been able to keep up with events. the reports i'm receiving today are that the has been taken and two towns to the south have also
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been taken. there are two other divisional commanders who have apparently aligned with mushar, former presidenvicepresident. they could have an explosive war in a matter of days, and the international community needs to realize easy words of let's be calm, let's be civil are not nearly enough. >> what led to the current crisis precisely? >> apparently there was in-fighting within the tiger brigade, as it's called. this is not a premeditated fir e fight that occurred, but it quickly spread and took on another dimension.
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just how much machar knew and how much he planned for a coup is not certain, but i will say for military developments to have moved so quickly shows me there has been planning. >> the discontent in the way the south sudanese government has been running what kind of support does machar have today in the state security forces? >> that is a very good question. we simply don't know. some of the security forces are essentially rogue elements. there is not very much control over the secure elements. the question is how much support does he have in the army, and
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the device commander of division 8, a fear some warrior in the civil war, ha is the commander o is moving in. he's a man totally without prince and nothing more tha--wit principles and is nothing more than a killing machine. he is a very, very dangerous military figure to have on the road. >> it's very worrying, indeed, mr. reeves. if this violence continues, and we see more violence between the lines could we see the north, could se we see the government trying to exploit this situation. >> i think that's quite distinctionly the possibility. my greatest fear afar from the
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southern civil war is th is thee no real military dete deterrents would present an ideal opportunity for the generals who increasingly control matters khartoum to move southward in a very substantial way. >> erik reeves joining us live from massachusetts on the situation in south sudan. thank you very much for your time. >> thank you. >> the turkish prime minister in an ugly operation against his administration. the police detained 51 people on tuesday and include the interior
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minister's son and business leaders. the police seized two boxes containing $4.5 million. we'll look more at this. what has the prime minister said about this. >> they say that there are gangs in the state trying to run the state. i'm translating from the turki turkish, of course, a dimension of what he sees as a protest against his government. there were protests against the country and the crackdown that turned rapidly very different. another spokesman for the government said that this is a
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move to try to discredit the government because the government with its anti-corruption ticket. he has put his finger right on it, the government is i inancy r musin anenormous position here. it stands for pure government, stands against corruption, so it constant stop this investigation now that it's started even though it's obviously deeply unhappy with what's going on. >> what happens now? where weather does this investigation go next? >> it is unprecedented with the charges we're seeing here and thwhat is involved. the government's fight back has already begun, if you like, in the istanbul region they have suspended as many as 16 investigating officers, and
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elsewhere they suspended as many as 18 investigating officers. you can see they're wrestling with the process here but we're looking at two senior business people, the sons of three cabinet ministers implicated in this, and we're also seeing reports that they have on camera with a cabinet member himself being bribed. the cash, i have to say these are allegations, they're not criminal charges yet. these boxes of cash were found at the home of the general manager of one of turkey's largest state banks. we're looking at charges of gold smuggling, we're looking at charges of massive tenders of public works contracts.
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we're looking at illegal construction in environmentally sensitive areas that were achieved by bribe. documents being bought and all manner of dirty dealings alleged here that stretch right across the spectrum. >> a fascinating case, thank y you. live in istanbul. the largest number of journalists in prison, turkey has 200 media persons behind bars. that number does not include journalist who were jailed and released throughout the year. many had been in prisoned in this year's government rallies. let's go back to lauren taylor in london. >> reporter: thank you. the british government is
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rushing out new regulations to stop migrants from benefits when they first arrive. migrants will now be banned from claiming benefits for three months when they first arrive. a disproportionate number of immigrants are misusing the benefits in the u.k. >> there is a right to take on a job in other country, but there shouldn't an right to just go and claim benefits. we're sending a very clear signal that there is no right to claim as you move around the european, and i think that's important to put that out. >> one of the most notorious criminals of his generation he has spent most of his life on the run openly taunting the authorities. >> i think it's one of the most fantastic books ever been
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written. if you don't buy it you got to be crazy. >> there are few criminals whose names defy as ronni exhibition. this was that crime, the great train robbery of 1963. biggs held up a service from glasgow to london. they got away with 120 bags of cash. inside, $65 million in today's money. they were caught eventually and jailed. biggs got 30 years. he was out after two. so began 26 years not so much on the run, more a gentle stroll moving from france to australia to brazil. this is before the days of
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extradition treaty. when biggs became more than a criminal but real life celebrity. he had a son in brazil which meant he could not be sent home. he taunted the long arm of the law, which was not long enough. movies were made of his life, and by the end of his life biggs knew his options were limited. his money was gone. all that was gone in three years. and he was in ailing health. >> all those years later his greatest fear came true. biggs was behind bars once again. he stayed there for eight years until his poor health led to a release on compassion ground. he served just a third of his sentence and taken 25 years to do it. he died in london. this old man's whole life is just is a memory. for ronnie biggs crime did pay, at least for a while.
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>> and one lucky person has won the picasso masterpiece worth $1 million after raffled for charity. it was sold online for $137,000 each that to raise $6.5 million for a charity. that's news from europe. now back to doha. >> thank you very much, indeed. bit coin has lost more than half it's value. authorities have raised concerns that the virtual currency which can be bought and sold online could be used for money laundry. for many people living in new york is the fulfillment of the american dream, but for many they are escaping persecution in
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their own countries. why human rights activists want to call new york home. >> he moved here three months ago and settled in a snatch argument in new york city. he didn't plan the trip. he fled, an outspoken critic of putin's russia. he remembers what police agents threatened him with. >> if you do not stop your activities you will be arrested, and you will be put in jail to the end of your life. >> reporter: his wife then pregnant, later joined him and their newborn son michael was born here. with no income, they rely on the charity of friends and have filed for political asylum. >> we have nowhere to go. the united states was our last hope. other than that, i don't know what we could do. >> people from around the world move to new york city every year. but a small number of them comes unwillingly, not as immigrants
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but as political asylum seekers. they often show up ill equipped after years of trauma under authoritarian government, not knowing a word of english, some overwhimmed by american society. >> coming to new york, and what happened, we really didn't have any hope. i didn't have any hope, actual actually. >> a journalist who fought for the rule of law in iran he said he was imprisoned, tortured and forced to sign a fake admission. >> because of the technology that we have in the world, i kept my network, i kept my connection with the country. >> reporter: shantong, a student leaders during china's tienanmen
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square protest, he didn't know if his stay would be permanent. he said he would return to china if he could. >> i was and i am politically exiled. i cannot return to my homeland for years. i. >> his is a rather succeed story. he launched a software company eventually earning millions. he now spends his free time working with a young generation of protesters. he has found another outlet for his passion. after years of fighting for social justice and fights in russia, he must find a new calling in a new country. al jazeera, new york. >> ahead on sports, calling on champions to get back to his
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best. stay with us. >> from our headquarters in
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>> welcome back. astronauts on board the international space station is preparing to carry out spacewalks to repair its station. >> more than 300 kilometers above earth, inside it's about
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the sides of a five bedroom house, keeping it pressurized with the correct temperature is a challenge. one of the cooling systems had to be shut down because of a faulty valve outside of the station. now they've decided to replace the pump. and it will take three spacewalks to do this. >> similar pump was replaced in 2010. the same job then turned out to be more difficult than expected. the latest spacewalks will be the first since july. >> they had problems with the space suit. his helmet filled with moisture and his spacewalk had to be aborted. the spacewalks were suspended until investigation was
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completed. to repair the cooling system means the astronauts have been cleared to leave the station. oveit was to launch on thursdayt now it will have to wait until the cooling systems are fixed. >> to catch you up on the sports. here is robben. providing them with significant advantage over our spanish and european teams. real madrid and barcelona are among seven clubs being investigated. the spanish government said there is nothing illegal about the subsidies being given to the clubs.
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>> the cases we feel are non-profit sports clubs, second case regarding the exchange of real state between real madrid and the madrid city government and the third case the state guarantees. these are three cases which we have opened a deep investigation in terms of state feed. >> they will before following the story very closely for us. >> well, this investigation has been coming for some time. you look at the background of this, and eyebrows have been raised for years how they can afford players, keep pouring money in, and of course it's a bit of a myth. money raised was by ticket
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sales. it doesn't quite work out like that, and that's why the e.u. is saying look, is this a level playing field? are we competing fairly in the way that uafa wants us to. and of course several clubs are involved, and they haven't got the financial power. but if they're being propped up unfairly, the e.u. wants to know why. >> the investigation could have impact there where they're attempting to earn a 16th place. all games are under way. atletico hope to go stave off it's competition.
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in the final of the fifa world cup in moroccos. home favorite, you might remember the favorites to win the match for the clash. lakers kobe bryant battled. he put up a season high 21 points. owned the night of 21 points including nine rebounds. the lakers winning 96-92 but continue to play well below the playoff bar.
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denver with 50 points in the game. the closest the nuggets got to the thunder where they put up ten consecutive points colleague back-to-back three pointers. oklahoma city thunder downed denver 105-93. in the nfl the red wings fell to the anaheim ducks. a close call in the first taking it hard to the boards. they escape the collision. quincy was ejected from the game 4-1, 5-2, is how it finished for anaheim.
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one goal lead in the middle frame. this hit by wolson tied in favor. the flyers received the five-minute power play and a 5-2 win for the flyers. the canadiens hosted with it's only goal of the night coming in the first. 3-1 is how it finished for montreal. and involved in the first test match after retirement. the number four spot in the batting order produced the play.
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they set india up nicely as they finished the day on 255 for 5. and rahana is 43 and up. and on day two. tennis now, djokovic with the biggest names of the game. coaching staff open champion added six-time grand slam to his ranks. the 46-year-old traveled to djokovic starting in melbourne where he plans to defend the grand slam title. russia has come under
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criticism under controversial laws involving gay propaganda. the stories are cover in-depth on our website, and you can interact with our team on facebook and twitter. again it's that's your sport. thank you for watching. >> thank you very much. and we'll see you later, of course, robbin. that's it. in just a few minutes on this news hour, but first widely criticized for smoking crack, but toronto's mayor still has a spring in his step. [♪ singing ] >> reporter: he got government members dancing over bob marley's music. he has been criticized over his erratic behavior.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm del walters. here's are the stories we're covering for you. >> russia changing its amnesty laws. and drought conditions hitting some california farmers hard. it could be mean higher prices for you at the supermarket. ♪ >> bipartisan budget deal passing the senate today after sailing through the house last week. it passed a key


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