>> welcome to the news hour from doha. these are our top stories from around the globe. ♪ >> nato leaders remember the dead of previous wars and say they're working to avoid another in ukraine. >> this is the most important summit nato's held since the end of the cold war. i'll have all the latest. >> we will follow them to the gates of hell until they are
brought to justice. >> also this hour, the united states will build a coalition to destroy the islamic state group after the beheading of a second american journalist. >> al-qaeda's top leader announced the expansion of its group. >> fast food workers across the u.s. are protesting for higher wages. we'll show you one family struggling to make ends meet. >> we begin the program with what nato is calling its most important summit since the end of the cold war. the world's preeminent military alliance is made up of up to 28, mostly western nations, including nuclear powers united states, britain and france. this crucial meeting is taking place in wales. ukraine is dominating the opening day of war innate toe's back yard that involves the old
foe russia. vladimir putin's not invited, but ukraine's president is there, and has just been quoted saying a ceasefire could be in place by friday. we have reporters at the summit, and in eastern ukraine and we'll also have reaction in moscow in just a molt. first, let's talk with our diplomatic he had door james bays. the meeting comes at an extremely crucial time and the tone's been set. >> absolutely. it was all supposed to be about afghanistan, things not going well in that country's disputed election. it shows the scale of the world's problems that that's really been put to one side. the main issues are the situation in ukraine, the situation in the middle east, in countries like libya, but also the situation rewarding islamic state, which is there controlling large swaths of iraq and syria. the challenge facing western
leaders were discussed by the host of the meeting, david cameron and by nato's secretary general. >> russian troops are illegally in ukraine. the extremist islamic threat has risen in a new form in iraq and syria. these are just two threats we face. over the next two days, we must rein vig rate the alliance to tackle threats and foster stability around the world. >> nato summit here in wales will be one of the most important summits in the history of our alliance. a crucial summit at a crucial time. we are faced with a dramatically changed security environment. to the east, russia is attacking ukraine. >> we'll come back to james bays in wales in just a moment. right now, let's go to harry
foster in eastern ukraine. the ukrainian president poroshenko staying on the sidelines of a nato summit there that a ceasefire could be in place on friday. any signs of that on the ground? >> if there are signs of a ceasefire, it seems that the pro-russian separatists site are on the side. we've been hearing the threat of incoming artillery over the last few minutes. there is a trench system you can see behind me and a check point with extremely worried fighters around here. we traveled out from mariupol toward the russian border early this morning on thursday, and we were stopped at the first separatist check point, which was manned by extremely professional fighters, very well kitted up, not least with three main battle tanks, as well as
the man giving instructions had a wristwatch still set to a russian time zone. we passed through there and saw eight more battle tanks coming down the road, followed by two armored personnel carriers, a multi-launch rocket system, as well as many self propelled artillery pieces doing so much damage on the road between the russian border and here in mariupol. one town in the middle, we've seen large smoke plumes on our way back. we couldn't track the same road, we had to skirt north, because we were told it was simply too dangerous. here i spoke to somebody who seemed to be a senior member of the local militia, saying he only had guns and grenade launchers to fight off this very heavily armored attack on a day that the nato commander said there are thousands of a.m.ored
troops. >> no sign of an imminent ceasefire there. thank you very much reporting live from mariupol. let's cross over to moscow. a lot of fingers pointed at russia, blame being laid on russia. what is their reaction to what is happening in wales and the summit and the criticism there? >> well, there are more angry words from the russian foreign minister sergey lavrov, who accused washington of what he called backing the party of war in kiev. he complained about the torrent of anti russian abuse that was coming from the nato conference, but did say that he was doing everything in his power to ensure that there is dialogue between ukraine and the rebels, the rebel accept that are a
activities at this vital contact group meeting that's going to be held in minsk to really. we don't know if president putin will go to this. i've spoken to his press office and they have no firm idea. they haven't ruled it out. you could draw a conclusion, i think that if he did go, he must be pretty shush that they're going to do a deal. he doesn't need to be there. it's not a leader's meeting, unless he thought they were going to come you the with hands being shook at the end of the day. it's a very crucial day tomorrow, one we're watching very, very closely. >> peter sharp live in moscow for us. going back to the note toe summit, the first times wales has seen such an event, the first time that an acting u.s. president visited wales as part of the united kingdom. the population is 140,000. the local economy is based on tourism, following the decline
of the city's coal industry. the last time the world's media descended on the town it when it played host to the ryder cup in 2010. how are the locals coping with such a big event? >> sometimes, and i've covered such events for near 30 years, they have them in the big capitol city where everything is arranged. sometimes leaders, in this case, david cameron tries to give an economic boost to part of his country. that's what he's tried to do here, bringing the summit to this rural area outside newport to try and give an economic boost to it. i ever to say that most of the locals i've spoken to are complaining about the disruption, because so many roads are closed because of the security. you can probably hear the helicopter flying overhead because about 60 word leaders are in the hotel behind me.
other disruption caused by protests have been taking place, a protest in the center of the town of newport. it's not far from here today, people opposing nato's involvement in any military action, opposed in future involvement in iraq, syria and also ukraine. it is worth noting that certainly one small group of people will be happy or that's at least what we have been told by their teacher. earlier on today, a group of 10-year-olds had a very important visitor to their school when they were having a welsh class, because people here not only learned the english language, they learned the welsh language at school. these 10-year-olds were visited by president obama. >> very excited for them. james bays reporting live from newport in wales. >> still ahead, the battle for tikrit. the iraqi government forces fight to retake the strategic town is islamic state fighters. >> three aljazeera journalists
>> a trained surgeon from egypt, he founded the jihad in the late 1970's and went to afghanistan to resist the soviet union's occupation. this is where he met osama bin laden and joined forces with al-qaeda in 1998. he tops the most wanted f.b.i. list. he has been indicted for his alleged role in the u.s. embassy bombings in kenya and tanzania. he is believed to be hiding in tribal areas bordering afghanistan and pakistan. >> what do you make offal zawahiri's announcement? is this al-qaeda trying to raise its profile with the rise of islamic state in iraq an syria? >> yeah, i think fundamentally it is, i thinkal zawahiri feels
threatened. i.s. have now captured the world's media attention, and al-qaeda, although they still have presences in the arabian peninsula, they don't have the cache they used to. it's almost a battle between i.s. and al-qaeda, and al-qaeda is trying to appeal to a vast majority of recruits the sis were trying to obtain. >> why doesn't al-qaeda have the financial support anymore? what is the fundamental difference. why are fighters being lured by the islamic state group? >> fundamentally, it comes down to the structures between i.s. and al-qaeda and whereas al-qaeda has been a very cellar operation with the intention of establishing a caliphate, it has always had to be in a very
fragmented sense. i.s. have taken significant ground across syria and iraq, as we know and establishing a much stronger infrastructure in terms of their management and the way that they are actually progressing. although they have a much more violent approach in some respects, interns of taking this land, al-qaeda is trying to appeal to many of its basic recruits that it has been drawing from in the past to try to come back. we're going to see in-fighting potentially. >> do you also see al-qaeda staging more dangerous operations, more bombings to prove that it's still alive. >> i think we will, unfortunately. i think we'll see them up the ante, particularly looking at all the extremists that al-qaeda have lent to in the past. these individuals need to be
motivated. the establishing of a calendar fatal or strong hold in india is going to be incredibly difficult. burma perhaps easier, but in india, this sort of zeal that's al-qaeda, the puritanical deal isn't necessarily going to appeal to that market. when one considers it's the largest muslim market outside the middle east, it makes sense they got target the area. i.s. has recruited from there and al zawahiri is trying to appeal to the leadership to get them involved. >> fighters from the islamic state group in northern iraq have kidnapped at least 15 men. the abductions happened in a soon any village 65 kilometers west of kirkuk. fighters stole 15 vehicles. the i.s. group members fought with armed tribesman in the same
village on tuesday. >> iraqi forces push toward the strategically important city of tikrit. the town was captured by islamic state fighters in june. these amateur pictures were shot on tuesday. sunni rebels claim it's the aftermath of an attack on government soldiers. some promise a brutal revenge against the i.s. group. >> we will marsh and seek revenge. no country, no army will stop us. revenge, i say revenge, revenge, we can seek revenge with the soon any tribes. i said revenge. blood has been spilled. why did they kill them? why did they kill the radicals. we will wipe tikrit off the face of the earth.
>> let's speak to jane now joining us live from baghdad. news of a truck bam in tikrit. what more do you know? >> they are still trying to determine casualties, but it seems to be quite a lot of explosives packed in that truck that rammed into the north gate of camp spiker. spiker, of course is the base that was home to army cadets and air force cadets killed perhaps more than a thousand of they will, byes islamic state group. it has caused a huge uproar, vehicles into how that happens. of course, it's very close to tikrit, the main focus of iraqi government forces coming from here joined by shia militias into a called drop of tech tarian tension. we've teen tactics that the group specialize in. >> recap you aring tikrit, it's a very densely populated area
and airstrikes are not necessarily going to help recapture the city. >> tikrit actually is a ghost town these days. we are told families evacuated quite a long time ago. it is the hometown of sadaam hussein. the place near kirkuk is his burial place. this is strategically important. a lot of the civilians have gone. they were expecting this, but what remains is a city that we are expecting very fierce fighting to continue for sometime. >> ok, thank you very much. live for us in baghdad. let's stay with the islamic state group and the u.s. vice president has joined president obama in condemning the group for beheading a second american journalist. steven sotloff was captured this
year. this video showing his death was authentic. >> as a nation, we're united, and when people harm americans, we don't retreat. we don't forget. we take care of those who are grieving, and when that's finished, they should know we will follow them to the gates of hell, until they are brought to justice, because hell is where they will reside. >> president obama is facing pressure not just from opposition republicans, but from many in his own party to ramp up the fight against the islamic state group. white thousand correspondent patty calendar has in looks at the political debate in the u.s. >> on the broadcast, targeting isis. >> the american airwaves have focused on one thing of late. >> the growing threat by isis. >> to take on isis. >> they've asked many questions
of the obama administration. >> will you have a full strategy now on isis. >> you would be hard-pressed to find anyone questions these claims. >> groups threaten our people and our interests in the region. they will seek to carry out attacks closer to home if left unchecked. >> they could eventually even years from now pose a threat to the u.s. homeland, and that has been evidence enough for politicians from both parties to demand the president take additional steps. >> he's very cautious, maybe in this instance, too cautious. >> we ought to bomb them back to the stone age. >> they have to be destroyed, not stopped, not humanitarian effort, but destroyed. >> media critics say the u.s. has seen this before and call it dangerous. >> what we start to say is an either/or dynamic play out, either we escalate, either we start being more aggressive in
our posture or we're indicative for projecting weakness. instead, what we need is credible journalists to ask the important questions about what comes after the bombs start dropping. >> still it seems the coverage is impacting american public been, with growing support for hill tear action and criticism that the president isn't showing enough strength. it's not clear if that played into president obama's policy but some of id dramatically wednesday. >> our objective is clear, and that is to degrade and destroy isil so it's no longer a threat to iraq and the region and to the united states. >> one former general had a suggestion on how to accomplish that mission. >> if you put two big grades on the ground right now of u.s. forces, they would push isis back to syria in a heartbeat. >> a claim that went unchallenged. aljazeera, washington. >> aljazeera is continue to go demand the release of three of
our journalists detained in egypt for 250 days. the three received long sentences after a trial seen by many observers as politically motivated. their convictions are being appealed. joining me now live from vienna is the press freedom manager at the press institute. ban ki-moon said he emma sides freedom of speech when he spoke to the egyptian president. is this resonating? >> i think hearing the message is, but i also believe that so far, all these messages and internal pressure are not having any substantial effect. i think egypt is going its own way and they're very sure this is the right way for them. >> is it just on aljazeera that there's been so much pressure in egypt on our journalists and
teams on the ground or are other journalists facing the same difficulties reporting from egypt. >> indeed, aljazeera has been under particular pressure in egypt, but they are not the only ones. the overall press freedom situation in egypt these days is very hard. local journalists are suffering, as well, because of the aljazeera journalists who are currently in prison, there is a number of local journalists also head in prison and pressure on reporting is immense, is very, very strong, to the point that independent reporting is very hard these days in egypt, because of the polarized atmosphere in the country. >> we saw the second beheading of an american journal i have
the in syria by the islamic state group. it's obviously very dangerous for journalists in war zones. what's your recommendation to them? why are we increasingly seeing journalists targeted? >> it is true, there has been an increase on attacks against journalists in war zones and not only war zones, also against local journalists in non-conflict area. the journalists who are attacked more often are covering corruption and who basically bring to the light the wrongdoings of a politician or powerful people in their countries. what can be done against this? i.t.i. and other organizations are putting a special focus on
this, even at the u.n. level, the level of international organizations, there is currently a very strong focus on safety. the most important thing would be that the perpetrators are brought to justice, and this is the responsibility of governments. >> thank you very much. >> the grand canyon in the u.s. is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, but the water that caused the canyon itself is in short supply. developments around the park threaten to say siphon off what little is left. we visited the oldest community. >> the tribe was shunted into a remote canyon when the rest of their home, the grand canyon was declared u.s. property. their name means the people of the green blue water, and the
water down here in cataract creek still runs aquamarine. the threats remain on the plateau above. >> we don't divide things like the white man divides. we don't do that. everything to us is connected, gives us life. >> from the silver rush of the 19th century and the westward expansion of the railroad and development of tourism. the tribe watched the world erode little by little. thief battled in the courts and congress to reclaim their lands and protect their most sacred resort, water. >> every sip we have here, this water, we are this water. >> the grand canyon's original in happen factuals fought its development as a national park, but now both tribe and park service have joined forces
against the developers at the canyon's gates. the closest town is leveraged to become a major tourist development. they haven't explained how a four fold increase in water demand will be met. >> currently with pumping of water that the town is using right now, it's decreased the water source at this spring by 30% already. >> and now they want to expand. >> now they want to expand. >> the drier winters have already decreased the water volume available to the park's visitors. with expansion, park officials fear all the species that call the grand canyon home will you've it's all one resource to the tribes and to us. it's a system in that we then have different purposes within that system, but we'll be
affected the same. >> a consortium has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to secure political support and the rights to the canyons subterranean water supply. aljazeera, the grand was not i don't know. >> let's check on the world weather now. some rain from mexico might help out the united states today. >> that's right. we have got a hurricane in the vicinity. that's just off the coast off mexico. with any luck over the next couple days, could see rain make its way to the southwest of the united states and even into the grand canyon then. here's the hurricane, norbert. it's a damaging system. it is expected to stay offshore of the baja, california peninsula there, making it's way in a generally northwestern direction. as it does, storms will be to the northeast side of the system. it will bring very heavy rain
and flooding seas in the southwest corner of the region. this is thursday's picture, going through friday. you can see the rainfall intensifying. this is about when you expect to see those winds pick up further. lots of heavy rain, heavy seas and damaging winds to them. showers they will continue for southern parts of mexico where we have of course seen our recent spell of flooding. southern parts of the u.s., you can see a bond of clouds across the southeast there. you will start to see bits of clouds in the southwestern corner of the united states. one or two showers in the area here, heavy rain setting in up towards denver by that the time it gets to the weekend and that rain continuing. >> still ahead on the aljazeera news hour, mozambique's main opposition leader expected to come out of hiding. >> the u.n. launch as new appeal
petro poroshenko and western leaders have been holding talks ahead of the summit. >> russia and ukraine working on a peace deal. poroshenko said if a deal is signed, he is ready to order a ceasefire. pro-russian separatists say they would be willing to sign a ceasefire, according to the russian news agency. >> al-qaeda's leader al zawahiri announced plans to expand in the indian sub continent, saying he wanted to spread what he calls islamic rule to india, myanmar and bangladesh. >> parts of india on high alert after the announcement by al-qaeda's leader. in his video statement, zawahiri contained a message to the islamic state group rejecting its submission that it is the new force for islamic jihad.
we look at the comparison between the two groups. >> since mid 2013, the islamic state group enjoyed a dizzying rise to power, winning huge weights of territory and thousands of new recruits, and leaving al-qaeda to stand in the shadow of its success. >> in june when the i.s. declared itself a caliphate and dew minion around muslims around the world, all eyes were on zawahiri to see how he would rating. he remained silent until now. his 55 minute video statement has put al-qaeda back into the contest, reject be the islamic state group's assertion of supremacy. >> this is a help raise the flag of jihad and return islamic
rule. >> al-qaeda has struggled to compete as the islamic state group beyond momentum. in 2013, the group was known as isil, the islamic state of iraq and the levant. it fell out with al-qaeda. its looting of iraqi banks, acquisition of military assets and seizing of territory has made it one of the wealthiest groups of its kind. it's made up of brutal tactics to generate widespread fear. that success and display of power seemingly with impunity enticed new recruits in a way al-qaeda's leadership has not. >> al-qaeda is feeling the heat, losing credibility, finance,
recruits. this is an attempt to revive al-qaeda by create ago new territory. >> the declaration of a caliphate in june included a demand that muslims swear allegiance to the i.s. june leader, abu bakr al-baghdadi. safe haven has been granted to al-qaeda fighters in afghanistan. >> al-qaeda now in very tight corner. i think this is more dangerous than ever, because now they need to organize some sort of activity to prove that the flame is not taken away from them and they are still a legitimate organization. >> zawahiri is clearly fighting back, reasserting al-qaeda and sending out a rallying call to its supporters, a subtle but unmistakable rejection of the islamic state group's challenge to al-qaeda.
>> now to mow mozambique. what sort of reception will there be? >> a joyous reception, there are hundreds of supporters gathered here. many hundreds more are waiting him in the north where he is coming out of hiding after nearly a year. the people here say that he will bring about change in mozambique, seeing that staple foods become cheaper and government services improved. although this isn't a strong
hold by any means, coming into enemy territory here, he has been guaranteed safety. he did face an assassination attempt but is told that his safety is 100% guaranteed and he will be granted amnesty. although this has been a low level conflict, hundreds have been killed. >> what are his chances in the upcoming elections? >> the truth is that he has lost every election and not just by a little bit, going back to 2009, 75% of the vote was against him. that makes him a powerful player in politics here, however he has a very, very task ahead, only a
few weeks to go before the vote on october 15 and third place biggest party at the moment has been polled at possibly overtaking, although the supporters will be joyous, see him as coming to the capitol as a winner. other voters may punish him for taking the country back to conflict, however low-level that was. >> tanya, thank you very much. >> staying with africa, the africa union will hold an emergency meeting to discover a strategy to deal with the outbreak of ebola. 1,900 people are reported to have died, 400 in the past week. the world health organization say people have a high risk of infection after an infected doctor kept treating them. supplies are needed to fight the fast spread. ebola cases have been regarded
in sierra leone and guinea. senegal also that ebola patients. >> fast food workers in the united states are holding a mass walkout demanding better wages and holt care. organizers say employees in 150 cities participating. andy gallagher reports from los angeles. >> edgar gonzalez and melinda ramirez are proud parents. for this couple, life is a struggle. they both work at mcdonald's but earn little more than california's minimum wage of $9 an hour. edgar, who's a student and community worker in his spare time said it's simply not enough. >> to have to work for three people, i've got to clean tables, be on the back doing the delivery, at the same time, i've got to be taking orders, so it's really stressful. we're not taking from mcdonald's. we're asking them to give back
what they took from us. >> fast food workers have been campaigns for months for the right to unionize and see minimum wage of $15 an hour. they are among the lowest paid employees in the u.s. the national restaurant associations say pro tests are being organized by unions desperate to increase members. working at mcdonald's for five years and now a manager said being paid $15 an hour would make the difference. >> we will be able to pay our rent on time, put food on our table every time, because every two weeks we get paid and we don't see that money. we just see it go through our hands. >> there are an estimated four mill fast food workers in the u.s. and many have families. his fight for a higher wage is now part of a growing political movement. >> the campaign to raise the wages of fast food workers is gaining momentum here and across the country.
when you look at the economics of their situation, it's not hard to see why. according to a recent study, 17% of all workers live below the poverty line. president obama has said all they want to do is provide families with pride and dignity. >> diane is at a mcdonald's in chicago. tell us what is happening there and what this would be for the fast food business in the united states. >> they've gathered here for the last two or three hours. it's been fairly peaceful. as you can see behind me, within the last 15 minutes, about 400 protestors have blocked a street that actually runs between a mcdonald's restaurant and a burger king. they are blocking traffic and police are redirecting traffic around this area. so far, as i said earlier, these have been peaceful protests, making the point that they not
only want fifteen-dollar an hour wage, but also want the ability to unionize. there's been a movement here in the u.s. to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour. here in chicago, they're talking about possibly raising it to $13 an hour. a lot of the people that work at these restaurants have families and cannot possibly pay their rent, and pay other expenses on a fast food wage. >> how are the companies reacting to workers wanting $15 an hour? >> the companies will tell you that 90% of their franchises are maybe mom and pop or a company that owns a handful of restaurants. if wages go to $15 an hour, it would result in higher price and they would have to lay workers
off. they said in 2007, the last time the u.s. raised the minimum wage, 60% of the restaurants, and this is coming from the national restaurant association, about 60% of the restaurants raised their price and a little over 40% of them cut workers. they said if you do that again, that same thing is likely to happen. >> thank you so much. diane reporting live from chicago. >> we heard earlier about nato's challenge with ukraine, but the other big problem is afghanistan. the alliance is the largest ever mission. nato wants to hand over responsibility to afghan forces, but are they ready? >> every day in eastern afghanistan, these soldiers hone their shooting skills. they are on constant alert and with good reason. not far away, this base was attacked about a month ago, and the forces say almost overrun by
300 taliban fighters, trying to surround and capture the 16 afghan soldiers manning it. >> the taliban fighters armed with a rocket propelled grenade was there. there was one with a machine gun there, too. another soldier and i were sleeping here. they hit us, they tried to attack but we opened fire. >> this is the valley where the terrain works against afghan forces and in favor of taliban fighters. it was easier here where there were nato planes overhead. >> if we had air cover, not even one of the enemy would be alive, because they didn't run away and they didn't go far. people called us with their seasons to tell us the taliban were still around. >> the local commander learns that taliban are trying to take control of a major road. he calls in his biggest guns. this isn't enough to hold back a resurgent taliban. the best to hope is to keep the
roads open. they don't have equipment to protect them during patrols so really on check points. the locals say it isn't working, that the taliban control 90% of the district. >> the government is only on the paved roads, the rest of the area controlled by the taliban. >> afghan forces face over challenges. their food budget has been cut in half. with not enough fuel or spare parts for vehicles, most cars riddled with bullet holes. morale among the men is high. they say they are proud to be serving their country. they know they need more than pay the are you familiar tonight off an increasingly aggressive enemy. >> the attacks keep coming. twin car bombs targeted police and intelligence officers, killing at least 19 people. we have this update. >> a sense today of the pressure those security forces are under,
17 of them were killed this morning when 19 taliban attackers launched an attack on two government installations, starting with two massive car bombs along with members of the police and intelligence forces, one civilian killed and more than 130 people injured in that attack. the fighting there went on for more than three hours until all of those taliban attackers were killed, a sense of really what a brutal fighting summer this has been, the taliban launched attacks we saw today and a similar one in the east last week. there's more traditional fighting going on in the south. that's been going on for many months. the afghan security forces have taken heavy casualties there. those security forces are going to continue to need named toe help past the end of the mission
world number one beat andy murray in a four set match. >> the 2012 u.s. open final between djokovic and murray went to five sets and looked like this quarter final might go all the way, too. djokovic took the opening set. murray won the second. djokovic began to pull away. the champion claimed the third 6-2. he made it a four set victory taking the fourth 6-4. djokovic winning after three and a half hours at 1:17 in the morning in new york. >> it was very physical. i'm happy that i managed to pull it through physically in the end and kind of stay strong, even though it was frustrating moments, because i don't think i played at the level that i wanted to play on in important
moments, but again, it's great to end it, because we always push each other to the limit. >> he will now face the june knees player. he had his second five set match in a row. he becomes the first japanese grand slam semifinalist since 1933. >> very honored to make the history and i always love to play here, because i feel a little calm. it's very close where i live, and also, a lot of asian and japanese fans come up. always fun to play here, so i always enjoy. >> serena williams is on course to make it three tights in a row, coming from three games down to reach the last four.
prague. >> england scored a penalty to give them a 1-0 win over norway. >> brazilian club banned from the country's cup competition after fans racially insulted an opposing player. i explained of being called a monkey in brazil. the tribunal fined $20,000. the referee has been suspended for 90 days for failing to include the accusations of racial abuse in the match report. >> players and spectator's unharmed when a roof collapsed at a badminton tournament in vietnam. the umpire had cleared the players off the court after a small bit of the ceiling had begun to fall.
the stadium in ho chi minh city had been involved in renovation. >> the palestine national football team are playing their first match since the ceasefire in gaza. it's a long way from home in the philippines. the players have struggled to prepare for next year's asia cup. we report from manila. >> and it is national team without a country, yet for these palestinian players, qualifying for the first asian cup means more than being able to play football abroad. it has to do with the struggle for identity. they are from the west bank, the occupied east jerusalem and gaza strip. some are based overseas. because of border restrictions, they are unable to play at home. in the last few months, it has
never been more difficult. >> the reason conflict in gaza left many to strag the to focus, players are unable to focus on training and games because all they can think about right now is the struggle of their families back home. >> born and raised in gaza, he's had a lucrative career playing for different teams in the middle east. he has not been home for seven years. the last time he saw his family was three years ago. >> i feel playing football, i get to give my people a voice, saying here we are, we exist. despite the problems, i get to represent my people, my family. it's an honor. >> the war left more than 2,100 people dead and tens of
thousands of palestinians displaced. it is ditch for gaza based players to leave the strip, keeping the team from reaching its full potential. >> we have a proverb that says from the depths of misery, achievements can be born. the situation is difficult, but we do our best and we can make it. >> the team may not be tipped to win the asian cup, especially against formidable teams like japan, thailand or iraq. wearing their national uniform means they are defying a conflict that has long shackled their people back home. football, they say, might be able to heal. >> it's a consolation for palestinian! >> aljazeera, manila. >> that's it for sport. >> thank you very much. in the united states, public libraries have developed into a
default owe is a from the harsh realities of life on the street. at first reticent, some library systems are changing their tune. we report from one library in washington, d.c. >> the martin luther king, jr. public library in downtown washington, d.c. is a daily refuge for hundreds of homeless. >> i'm here four or five times a week. when i come, i'm usually here for four or five hours. >> he has been homeless for several years and sleeps in a nearby shelter. >> shelters close at 7:00 a.m. and reopen at 7:00 p.m. for 12 hours, people have nowhere to go. >> libraries, many of which oncioned the homeless have changed their approach and now offer services tailored to their needs. dave is a spokesperson for the national coalition for the homeless. >> the movement is toward
treating them like patrons, like anyone else, and having services and activities aimed for those patrons, just as you have programs that are aimed toward the youths or the senior citizens. >> u.s. government statistics say there are more than 600,000 people in this country who are homeless. to them, the nation's 9,000 public libraries are a lifeline. >> many libraries offer job counseling services for their homeless patrons. other bring in nurses for medical checkups. some even provide free haircuts. >> in charlotte, the central library opens its doors to the homeless. some like to take part in the tuesday morning book club called turn the pages. >> it gives them freedom to gather together and talk. they have a camaraderie with each other, so it's a great place for them to meet. >> many homeless use library
computers to search for jobs and stay in touch with families. helping homeless people is part of libraries changing role in society, said the head of the public library system. >> we think of ourselves as the great equalizer in the community in terms of access to information. >> everyone needs information and deserves respect. >> the biggest thing they want nip is to really be treated like people, like every day people. their needs a lot like everybody else's, it's just that they lap to be homeless. >> even as media changes from ink on paper to a screen, public libraries play an essential role, helping community members who node help the most. aljazeera, washington. >> that's it for this news hour on aljazeera. thank you for watching. my colleague is with you next.
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