>> you're watching aljazeera live from our headquarters in doha. on to top stairs. a u.n. school has just been attacked engaza. we are getting reports of 30 people killed there. >> the diplomatic push for a ceasefire between israel and hamas, u secretary of state john kerry is in cairo. >> iraqi politicians choose a new president. >> a sea of flowers in am at her dam airport as more victims from
flight 17 are flown back from ukraine. 776 palestinians have been killed in two weeks of israeli shelling penalty? ishelling in the gaza strip. thirty people have been killed and around 100 injured in the latest attack. nicole johnson joins us live from gaza. we're getting grisly details coming through. what are you hearing? that's right, the information is still quite sketchy. we have attained there on the moments on their way at the moment, they'll be able to provide more information. as you said, the reports are that some 30 people have been killed by tank shelling in the northern part of the gaza strip. it could be more than 100
injured. there are hundred was people who have gone to these united nations schools to try to get protection from the bomb barredment. people have left the eastern flank of the gaza strip, as well as the north, and they've moved to around 70 different schools. they go to these places because they think they'll be safe. some don't go, they don't believe anywhere is safe. as it turns out on this particular occasion, it seems a united nations school has been hit and it's no longer a safe place for palestinians to go to to try and escape the israeli tank shelling. the issue of the schools has been sensitive between the united nations and israel. the u.n. has come out a couple of times during this conflict and said that it has found rockets, weapons inside u.n. schools and that palestinian groups should not or the factions should not be using them for these sorts of
activities. it was possible, trying to portray itself as conducts some kind of moral or just war on gaza, anytime we've had these sorts of events that have garnered international attention, israeli has had to take a step back and justify itself, explain itself. the other two big occasions have been the four children killed on the beach in gaza, just very close to where we are at the
moment, and thereof been attacks on hospitals, five killed in a hospital in the central part of the gaza strip, israel is coming under increasing criticism for these sorts of be they mistakes or misfires, unlikely to be a deliberate attack on a united nations school, but it's going to be difficult for israel to explain this one. >> emergency services were struggling to deal with the situation today and this must be adding more strain to available resources there. >> that's right. some good news, though, at least in the area, ambulance crews finally after one or two days of bombardment were able to get into the central part of the area to try and bring out injured people. they've also brought out some seven bodies. they were able to spend quite a
few hours in there, because a wide agricultural area heavily hit by tank shelling, as you'll hear in my report. at the morgue, this family, they are mostly farmers. their homes are filled with what has become a battleground between the israeli and palestinian fighters. >> around midnight, a tank shell hit the house, made a big hole in the roofer and killed my son and cousin. the rest of the family is injured or suffering burns. >> also here is the mother of a 12-year-old boy killed. >> why did they kill him? was he carrying a bomb or rifle? was he a threat? >> finally, they're taken to see the bodies.
he says god retaliate for him. they have taken him from us, my son. >> the ambulances keep arriving and all of the people here are waiting to see whether it's their family members who are inside. >> this man is trying to call his family. there are 60 people in his house. he says the tank shells are hitting all around them. >> more ambulances arrived and more injured. >> tank shells land everywhere. many people have been killed and in one house, 30 people died. >> the israeli army's ground offensive has now reached all of gaza. no one knows where it will end.
aljazeera. >> u.s. secretary of state john kerry is on a push across the middle east aimed as reaching a ceasefire deal between hamas and israel. he arrived in cairo to meet egyptian officials. kerry was in the occupied west bank wednesday where he held talks with palestinian and israeli leaders. the leader of hamas said his group will not agree to a ceasefire without israel ending a siege on gaza. >> many efforts are being exerted, yet i cannot claim there's a breakthrough. many still insist that we should ceasefire, then negotiate. u.s. officials are willing to offer assurances that following the ceasefire, we have experienced this in the past, and this is not credible. >> the u.n. human rights council
voted to launch an independent war crimes inquiry into israel's offensive in gaza. the u.n. how many rights chief warned there's strong possibility israel has been committing war crimes. hamas is also condemned for indiscriminate attacks on israel. aljazeera's diplomatic editor james bays joins us now from west jerusalem. we are seeing kerry shuttling back to cairo. where do the efforts to get this ceasefire deal stand at this point? he's been seeing progress, but it didn't sound like that from hamas people, did it? >> no, it didn't. before secretary of state john kerry left washington, d.c., we were told by officials that face-to-face diplomacy has been needed. he's done a great deal of face-to-face diplomacy and it doesn't seen at least on the public face of it there has been much progress. you heard the comments answering
your question at that news conference in doha. he doesn't want to go back to where we were over two weeks ago. he wants the siege of gaza lifted. on the israeli side, i spoke to a close advisor of benjamin netanyahu. he said we can't accept any agreement that allows those rockets to still fire from gaza. both sides have quite high hurdles in terms of demands they want met in a ceasefire agreement. that's one reason it's proving so hard to get this agreement. the other is who is doing the mediating. in 2012, egypt was able to deal with both sides. that's not the situation now. they don't have the same leverage with hamas. >> let's talk about one of those obstacles. as you talk with israeli officials there, james, what kind of a sense do you get of any indication under what circumstances israel would consider lifting the siege?
>> well, you don't get a clearance to that. in fact, you get some israeli officials saying there isn't a siege when everyone in gaza believes they are under a siege and around able to get all the basic supplies they need, aren't able to live as normal citizens anywhere else in the world. i asked ambassador gold about a unilateral ceasefire. he said our plans are under discussion and all opposites discussed. i'm told those options include an intense filing of the ground operation on the ground. they are talking about a truce on one hand but also talking about increasing their military operations in gas. >> thanks so much. james bays, senior diplomatic editor. >> a grizzly attack on a school at the united nations relief
agency school in gaza. i believe we have now on the line robert turner, director have operations. good to have you with us. can you tell us the casualties? >> i'm not going to get into speculating on numbers. it's too fresh. i can reasonably confirm there are certainly multiple deaths and injured. it's too unclear at the moment as to actual numbers. >> do you have any idea who the dead are, sir? >> they would be displaced who had south ref final. this is a school designated as an emergency shelter. the location of the school had been conveyed to the israel forces on multiple occasions. this is the fourth strike on one of our installations, three of which were housing displaced in the last four days. >> as far as you know, did you receive warnings from the israel military that the strike was going to take place? >> no, we did not.
in fact, we have been today the area generally has been a lot of hostilities. we had been over the course of today, trying to coordinate a window where our staff could withdraw from this school and for fear the security level was not sufficient for them to be remaining. we never had an opportunity to implement that. >> who were you trying when you say you were trying to coordinate a window, who were you in touch with to coordinate a safe passage. >> we coordinate with the designated group within the israeli forces. >> so you were in touch with the israeli military forces, someone in the style military forces about getting people out, is that correct? >> that's correct. >> now, are emergency crews there? do you have an idea of people being tended to, the wounded? >> there was i went to the school as soon as it was
reported. ambulances had already been there, more on the site, injured taken to hospital. >> if i could come back to a point, actually, can you tell me how recent were you in touch with israel military forces about evacuating people? are we talking the last few minutes, hours, or a longer period? >> no, over the course of today. >> the course of today, all right. we do know a statement was released saying that you had found weapons in one of your schools and you had handed -- you had dealt with those weapons. from what you know of, was there any possibility that there was anything going on in this school related to any kind of military operation by palestinian factions? >> absolutely no information of that kind. >> give me an idea of how sure you can be that nothing was going on in your school, are you
completely in control of it? >> in that school, we have staff managing the shelter. we have people there 24 hours, seven days a week to ensure our neutrality of the installation is maintained. >> i imagine israeli spokes people are going to say, that clearly those procedures are not enough if you found weapons in the past. did you change anything in your procedures to really indicate that you are now fully in control of anything coming in and going out of that place? >> there's a distinction here. the placement of the weapons in our installations by militant groups was done in installations that were not in use. these were empty schools that had been taken advantage of, our neutrality had been outrageously violated by these militant groups, putting at threat our installations and the lives of our staff and the civilians. those installations were empty. this is an installation that we are managing, that we had staff
on the ground at all times to monitor to make sure our neutrality was maintained. >> do you see any justification for hitting this school? >> well, we always call on all parties to adhere to international humanitarian law, proportionality and precaution to make sure civilians are not injured. >> thank you so much, robert turner there, the director of operations confirming to us that there have been multiple casualties. he suspects that they are amongst the people who had south ref final there from the displaced. he said that it was the fourth strike on one of their installations, and that they were in touch with israeli military authorities through the course of today in an effort to try and coordinate a window, as he put it, to get people out of there when this attack happened that has now apparently caused
multiple casualties. we'll try and bring you more details of course on this story as soon as we get them. >> you can continue to get more details on that situation as well as in other parts of gaza and elsewhere if you head over to aljazeera.com. we've got videos, opinion pieces and analysis, all of that for you at aljazeera.com. >> algerian aviation officials confirm a plane has crashed over northern mali. the flight owned by the spanish private company swift air was carry run ton passengers and six crew members.
contact was lost with the plane shortly after it was asked to change its route because of heavy rain. fifty french nationals were among those onboard. >> rye rack's parliament elected a new president. it's an important step in forming a new government. he is from the kurdish block. parliament has been fighting for months, unable to reach a consensus. >> 60 prisoners in iraq were killed. inmates were being moved from one military base to another when the convoy was attacked. >> the election of a new president, what sort of relationship does he have with some of the different important factions in iraq, whether it's al-malaki, the sunnis or the
iranians? >> bust company founders of the union of kurdistan. the party has good releases with iran. he is a figure that can bring all iraqis together. some analysis with rewards to massoum suggests he could play a role in bringing down tensions between prime minister al-malakis block as well as with the kurds in general. he is a welcomed figure by all politicians, by all block. again, this is the second step towards forming a government, but it's not going to be an easy one. massoum has 15 days to nominate a prime minister.
allies within the wider shia ali answer reject choices of prime minister. >> what about the visit by the u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon, is that increasing the pressure on al-malaki? >> it's good in a way, giving the fact that he is the top u.n. diplomat telling a press conference that iraqi leaders need to talk with each other and form a government that meets the aspiration of all.
al-malaki is accused of leading iraq on the verge of disintegration and civil war. now al-malaki has other pressure, fighting from the wider international community, mainly the united states, as well as regional governments. >> thanks so much. >> the bodies of another 74 victims from malaysia airlines flight 17 have been flown or are being flown to the netherlands from ukraine. the first 40 coffins arrived wednesday, yet to be identified. the day of national mourning may be over, but the grieving goes on. the mound of flowers laid in tribute to the victims outside the airport terminal three where the fated journey began is growing ever higher. thousands have added their names
and thoughts to the books of condolence. >> the flight will no longer be known at mh17 on the departure boards. it carries too much emotional weight. the flight path has now been diverted over turkish air place. >> two more flights carrying the bodies of the victims will arrive at the military section of the airport thursday with their tragic cargo. among the relatives watching the first flight come in was a man from newcastle who lost his 28-year-old son, liam. >> you look at the news and it's far away, muslims are far away, it's not really anything to do with you and all of a sudden it becomes part of you. every family who was there yesterday had something to do with somebody, so everybody was hurting, probably exactly the same way. as i said, i hope it never, ever
happens even to my worst enemy. >> 74 more bodies are expected to arrive this afternoon. they'll be given full militaryo. the forensic work on the bodies already arrived is continuing at a military facility. >> over the next few days, the convoys carrying the coffins will bring a somber shade to the countries highways. all the relatives have to hold on to are pictures of their loved ones, intimate memories of lives cut so cruelly short. they are all receiving special counseling to help them through this ordeal. >> his grief, it's mourning, frustration, too. it's a complex set of emotions relatives have at this period. >> more flowers and tributes included a handwritten note "this will never be forgotten. our hearts, thoughts and prayers
to you all and your families and friends and loved ones." >> there are more reports of shelling in the easementern ukrainian city of donetsk after earlier reports pro-russian separatists shot down two fighter jets over the area. the government in kiev said both pilots ejected safely but gave no further details. let's go live now and get more details on that shelling in donetsk, is this the military trying to make another push to take donetsk from separatists? >> the international committee of the red cross has called this now a civil war. what appears to be happening is that ukrainians trying to find a way into the city. essential the shelling is closer and heavier than the past few days. we've seen hillsides close to
our position here pounded by heavy artillery and rocket missiles, as well. now the separatists here, which control donetsk and other parts of eastern ukraine have told aljazeera they are going to fight for the city to the last man. it's extremely important for them and they made a direct appeal for russian rance, saying that kiev is being assisted by the west and nato, they need russian rance. of course they are already getting that assistance from russia. there are reports that it was a russian missile provided to them that brought down the airliner. ukrainians are unable to fly over the skies of the city even for reconnaissance. we understand from reports from the u.s. embassy in kiev that since april, the separatists have brought down more than 20 aircraft, including transporters, fighter yet
belonging to the ukrainian forces. this is an intense battle for the city that has really begun now. >> all right, reporting to us live from donetsk there, thanks for that. know way is taking exceptional security measures after being informed of a possible eminent attack. the director for norways security services says the threat is real. >> while researching this case, the information's credibility was strengthened. we also have information to suggest that any act of terrorism against norway may take plays shortly, probably within a few days. we have no information about who, how, what goal or the manner in which such a possible attack is planned. the situation now is at the p.s.t. work to go verify the information we received in close cooperation with the intelligence services. >> in taiwan, family members of
the victims of a plane crash have flown to a small island to identify bodies. forth eight were killed when the plane crash landed wednesday. another 10 onboard were injured. there was heavy rain and high winds at the time of the crash. >> south korea is marking 100 days since the ferry disaster killed more than 300 people, many of whom were school children. relatives of victims marched through the capitol of seoul to call for a full investigation. it was overloaded and traveling too fast when it capsized and sank. 15 crew members will face trial for bonn donning ship while many children stayed in their cabins as instructed. >> at least 20 children have been killed in the indian state after their school bus collided with a train at a railway crossing near the town.
another 20 children were injured. >> let's get the weather now with richard. >> the remnants of the typhoon, as it heads further up the coast to chain in a. we're long past the final warning for this system. it has gown disintegrate but still producing rain. we've seen large rainfall totals over the last 24 hours across eastern china. you see the extent of the flooding impacted upon the region. there is still plenty more happy happy--heavy rain coming from the system. you see the weather extending for shanghai, into saturday, that system heads towards the l.o.c. and boy how and get amalgamated with another system from the west.
you'll have heavy rain through the region. both north korea and south korea could see flooding rain over the next couple of days. as we head further towards the south, the flow, which has been induced has edge encouraged showers to develop across the philippines, very wet weather. another area could develop into a tropical cyclone. >> still ahead, outcast in their own country, gay people in kyrgystan say they are percent cute. face ago police crackdown, mexico black market workers say it's the only way they can make a living. >> in sport, a familiar name makes a return to the formula one calendar. those details coming up shortly. rtly.
>> welcome back. let's recap headlines here now. an israeli strike has hit a u.n. school in the gassen city, killing at least 30 people. that raises the number of palestinians killed to 776. >> u.s. secretary of state john kerry is on a push across the middle east to broker a ceasefire between hamas and israel. he was on the west bank wednesday where he talked to palestinian and israeli leaders. >> iraq's parliament picked a new president. it's an important step towards
forming a new government. massoum is from the kurdish block. >> more on gaza now, we're joined by ben white, author and journalist in london. once again, we get news of what appears to be an israeli attack on a u.n. installation, great loss of life, how do you think this will play out diplomatically now, as well with the tug of war over the terms of a ceasefire? >> it's hard to guess whether there will be any diplomatic impact of this new atrocity, given we're two and a half weeks into an attack that has killed before this attack, the last thing i saw, 746 palestinians, mostly civilians and of course including dozens and dozens of children. it's important to remember as well why attacks like this are taking place, why so many palestinian civilians are losing
their life. it's a result of deliberate strategies by the israeli military. legal advice that the military walks under declares that civilians who have not heeded a warning to evacuate an area have made themselves liable to be targeted, which is in complete contravention of international law. we've seen the targeting of private family homes, 44 massacres of families gaza's ministry of health said last night and in discriminate shelling under the doctrine of deterrence, the idea you create enough devastation that you're warding off the possibility or warning against resistance to occupation. >> a lot seems to hinge now on the siege being lifted as part of the terms of the ceasefire. is the u.s. behind that and if not, why not? >> well, the u.s. so far hasn't shown any sign of being
particularly amenable to the demands out of hamas, coming from palestinian society and gas, too and principally the issue of the blockade and seizure. it's been going on for a number of years now. the u.s. has not opposed it in the same way many human rights organizations and to a lesser extend, the european has, as well. so far, there's no sign that the u.s. is actually budging, really from its position, of course, we can't tell what's going on behind closed doors, but remember, this demand for an easing of the blockade is a demand that's entirely in line with international law, it's consistent with what has been urged by palestinians, by human rights organizations for years, to give people in gaza a basic mod come of dignity for an economy to function as it should, and for life to sort of improve moderately, albeit still
under military occupation. >> change so much, ben white there. >> after seven years in office, israel's 90-year-old president peres is stepping down. he has been in public life for more than 60 years. we look back at his career. >> peres immigrated to israel as a youth in the early 1930's. he was the last surviving giant of israel's founding political generation. he held a key post in every chapter of the country's history. peres was a pivotal strategist in the 1948 war of independence and went on to run the defense ministry. it was in that role he cult vaulted the military ties with france. that relationship helped develop israel's nuclear weapons capability, a powerful asset it's never admit to possessing. after the can quest of the west bank, gaza and golden heights in 19 certificate seven, peres oversaw the first jewish
settlements in the occupied territories, an illegal campaign that's still ongoing. all the while, peres was holding secret conversations with arab states, promoting a deal which would have surrendered captured land to jordan, but israel rejected his proposal. >> the time was ripe to make peace with the palestinians and israel rejected it at that it was our mistake. >> peres continued to negotiate and became israel's principle figure in talks with arafat in the 1990s signing the oslo accords, a roadmap for an independent palestinian side by side with israel. it earned him the nobel peace prize, though it was a deal that never came to fruition. 13 years later, as president, peres defended israel's 2008 war on gaza.
>> i won't understand why did they fight against us? what for? there was not any siege against gaza. >> happy birthday. >> almost a year after he celebrated his 90th birthday, peres defended the latest defensive on gaza, what his government called operation protective edge. >> now the picture became clear that hamas had a plan to kill as many people in israel. >> he saw many times over his political clear which lasted more than six decades. to some, he will be remembered as providing peace and optimism. for others, he promised much,
but delivered little. >> two armed groups in central african republic signed a ceasefire agreement after peace talks with muslim and christians. >> we are not seeing any people celebrating on the streets because people know this is a tentative ceasefire agreement. they know other issues are on the agenda, the selica fighters wanted some kind of power sharing deal, wanted to control key ministries like defense and the lucrative mining sector. they wanted the country split into two partitions, the north becomes muslim, the south christian. the other side are saying they will not tolerate this or allow the country to be split. it remains to be seen whether they will share such powerful ministries. everyone on edge in many parts of the country, people hoping the ceasefire holds, but preparing for the worst if it doesn't.
>> the doctor in charge of battling ebola in sierra leone has been infected by the virus. he is described as a national hero for his efforts to fight the disease. more than 500 people have crossed three west african countries and known to have died from the virus this year. we report. >> a group of emergency workers prepares to treat its patients. this is a doctors without borders centers in the province. here, they care for people who have been diagnosed with ebola virus. many hundreds of people are known to have died from it across west africa this year. for may be of the doctors here, their daily brush with death is taking its toll. >> you can see they are scared to look over this fence right behind you now and look and see the patients. you know that their chances are very small. it's horrible. >> the man leading the fight
against ebola in sierra leone has now himself been infected. he has not described as a national hero for his efforts to fight ebola. it is one of the most lethal viruses known to man with a mortality rate of 90%, because there is no cure. it is highly infectious and contagious. >> the time is going and every time, there are more people contaminated and then one people contaminated many, then you could have a really, really increased in the numbers. if you take too long, you will be more spread and more difficult to control. >> how difficult that task is was demonstrated by the deaths of three medical workers at the hospital in a nearby district. nurses there briefly went on strike this week in protest of the conditions in which they are treating patients. >> everybody is on alert.
there is no doubt that the disease continues to spread. there is no doubt that everybody is trying their best to mitigate the risks, but really, we have no idea what's going to happen. >> one of the most effective weapons against ebola is to quarantine infected people, but as the case of dr. has no hawn , this is at great risk. >> two foreign aid workers have been shot dead in western afghanistan. the women were working with a christian charity called international assistance mission. they were killed after gunman on a motor bike opened fire on their taxi. >> kyrgystan's parliament is considering making it a crime to talk about gay rights. gays and lesbians are made to feel outcast.
>> she was too afraid to tell us her name. we call her camilla. she feels persecuted and vulnerable. >> it's very difficult to live in kyrgystan if you're different. >> she lives as a woman in a man's bodies. in kyrgystan that often results in intolerance. >> it's very difficult. it's a very judgmental society. the first problem is identification. on your id card, you're a man, but look like a woman. >> no one will hire her. desperate to earn money, she turned to prostitution. extortion and abuse by police is part of the job. still, she considers herself fortunate. a girl she was working with slit her own wrists after attacked by two officers. >> two policemen came, demanded money, she reversed. they found money in her bra.
they took her to an empty field. one raped her and told her she would always pay. after that, she disappeared. i called her and found she was in the hospital after she tried to kill herself. >> it's hardly surprising that members of the gay and transgender community live on the fringes of society. on the outskirts is a place for help. it is a safe house where young men and women can go for information, support or just to feel safe for a little while. the people here ask that we hide their faces. the group has maintained to low profile after several anti gay demonstrations in the hospital. ever since the government decided to target them, there is a real fear of being attacked. >> the question of human rights, nobody's rights should be violated. if you're lbgt or not, the person shouldn't be
discriminated against. >> lawmakers recognize that the tens of thousands of gay men and women deserve the same rights as their fellow citizens, but in the same breath insist that no one can be openly gay in this muslim country. >> we've proposed to make punishable as a crime, the spreading of lbgt issues. there are several reasons for such a decision. it is a muslim country, against our society. even animals don't do that. >> just a short walk away, a place where young people come to abandon inhibitions. they are judged only for their dance moves. when the night is over, things outside are still the same, gay activists say public opinion is against them and that the law will likely be adopted. for camilla there is no future
in kyrgystan. she will leave perhaps to europe where she said she will be accepted for who she is. aljazeera. >> three aljazeera journalists have now spent 208 days in an egyptian prison. two were jailed for seven years last month. the third was given seven years and received an additional three year term because he had a spent bullet in his possessions he picked up from a protest site. accused of assisting the muslim brother hood, aljazeera denies it and demands its journalists be freed. >> many mexicans who sell canneddies and other items in the subway are now being arrested. their livelihoods are now in jeopardy. >> for years, she has been going
underground to earn a living. she has to watch her back while selling candy. complaints from riders pushed the local government to arrest anyone found selling down here. it worries her. she stands to lose the $30 she makes daily to support her children and aging mother. she only studied until the age of 15, but wants something better for her kids. >> i started working in the metro because as a single mother, i couldn't take a formal job working eight hours a day. >> she's one of 30 mommy mexicans living off the informal economy, accounting for 60% of workers. >> taco stands like these are all over mexico city. the government is trying hard to make them into more formal jobs. >> training programs like this
one where people learn to become bakers are offered by the city government to help them become professionals. students earn $150 per month while attending the workshops. for 20 years, she sold-game metro passengers and now is learning to become a hairdresser. >> now that i have committed myself not to going back to the metro, i'm going to put a small salon in my house so clients can come there. it's going to be my new job. >> working the underground economy isn't just a job. for may be, it's a way of life. the head of the training program acknowledges that there are perks many won't want to give up. >> the informal economy gives people the flexibility to combine work with lots of other factors. entire families often work together. no company is going to offer those conditions. we want to give viable alternatives, because they won't be allowed to return to the
metro. >> convincing people like lupita won't be easy. she still hasn't signed up for a training program and doesn't plan to. >> the programs they are giving are ridiculous. we can't live off the main they pay to attend. i don't see a future in what they're teaching. >> for now, she's sticking to what she knows, taking her chances underground. aljazeera, mexico city. >> sport is coming up next, then the action from the second semifinal of south american competition. we have details coming up. ng up.
>> let's get more on the commonwealth games as well as other sports stories. >> thank you very much. day one of competition in glasgow is underway, 20 gold medals up for grabs thursday. there has been bad news for the organizers. double olympic champion pulled out after filing recover from an illness. he was due to run for england in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters in glasgow. >> i believe that most disappointed is not being able to be here. speaking with his agent and so fort, he has expressed that he really wishes he could have come. from that standpoint, you know, of course we just wish mo a
speedy recovery. >> the games officially began wednesday with an opening ceremony broadcast in nearly a billion people around the world. we report. originally called the british empire games, the commonwealth games includes non-olympic events such as squash. 18 sports will be competed over 10 days with 4.5000 athletes representing 71 nations. it's the first time scotland has held the games. the opening ceremony forced to reflect on the tragedy of the malaysia airlines flight 17 shot down over ukraine. >> please stand as we observe a moment's silence to expression our support and above all our solidarity with the loved ones of all those of every nationality who lost their lives.
>> like london, 2012 as the head of the commonwealth, britain's queen elizabeth, ii opened the game. >> a calling together of people from every part of the commonwealth and serves as a reminder of our shared ideals and only bigses as a diverse, resourceful and cohesive family. it now gives me the greatest pleasure to declare the 20t 20th commonwealth games open. >> this city's motto is people make glasgow. now it's the turn of the athletes to make the games. aljazeera. >> while mo might be missing, in
having an athlete of that stature is a huge boost for an event. >> he's probably the biggest athlete at the moment and the kind of guy who gets people to go to the stadiums, and i think the fact that the commonwealth games and zero to go to the competition says a lot about what the specks quell glasgow puts on this summer. it's a huge start. what bolt brings to it is the allure of stars on the track, but also he brings quality to
it. >> a defensive mistake, the second leg takes place in the bolivian capitol. >> the discussion of the on going preparations for the 2022 world cup, it was tweeted great to see the emir and qatar commitment to use the world cup for positive social change. >> an investigation into the awarding of the next two world cups is likely to be completed in september. qatar denied wrongdoing in its bid to showcase football's biggest show piece. >> teams arriving in hungary for the grand prix. mexico will return to the f.1
calendar next season after an absence of 23 years. the race was first held in 1962 before officially becoming part of the world championship a year later. the last race was held in 1992. it will return to the historic venue. >> between 2015 and 2019, the race will have an economic benefit of around $2 billion, generating more than 18,000 direct and indirect jobs. the formula one is a race for more tourism, income and development. >> >> the new york yankees held off
the texas rangers in a rain shortened game, the score locked at 1-1 until the third inning when brett gardner smashed home this home run, the 10th of the year to give the yankees a 2-1 win. >> the close affair between the padres and chicago cubs in illinois wednesday, valbuena levels score with a three-run homer before an r.b.i. double in the fifth inning saw th the pads go ahead to win. >> now in turkish occupied northern cypress, a new project is helping rebuild trust in a divided community. it's all happening in the site many believe was the inspirational setting for william shakespeare's tragedy othello.
>> it came under ve national league rule then in 1571, the turks took it. othello is set many believe in this place. the division of cypress brought isolation and slow decline. the once mighty walls of the tower crumbled. now the joint technical committee have started restoration. it will reopen to tourists. >> joint technical committees are a rare animal, established by the political leaderships of both sides of the side. as a result, it was support the by the u.n. and european union. it's one of those rare good news stories that everyone's keen to promote. >> you have to respect those who build these monuments, these are
the monuments of humanity. >> the committee is funded by the u.n., but need more. this work is defying forth years of division and mistrust to save common heritage for both sides. >> occasionally, we do argue, but not across ethnic lines or community lines, but we argue about which is the best way of conserving a building. >> the work is slow and painstaking, but this project is just one example of a trend, working to get things done. more are beginning to spend more time thinking about the possibilities of a shared future rather than the past. >> that's it for the news hour team here. back with another update, stay
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>> israel's invasion of gaza continues tonight. >> we have been hearing a lot of tank shelling coming from where we are, here. >> every single one of these buildings shook violently. >> for continuing coverage of the israeli / palestinian conflict, stay with al jazeera america, your global news leader. "america tonight." >> the u.s. scrambles to broker a zeal between israel and hamas. also increasing violence in ukraine as two military jets are shot down. hello i'm antonio mora, welcome to "consider this," those stories and much more straight ahead. prohibition against any u.s. carriers flying into or out of tel aviv. a bloody day in gaza. >> the u.s. raises the