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once it engages, it will be interesting whether the stalemate controlling the eastern part and the southern part of the kurdish fighters controlling the west and north, whether that balance of power will shift or not. >> it's not just a physical battle, there's a political struggle. i'll come back in a second after we hear from the turkish president who says there has been too much coalition focus on kobane. >> translation: i want to stress one important thing about kobane. why kobane? why not other towns? why not iraqi territory, 40% of
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which is occupied by i.s.i.s.? why not intervention in these areas, why only in kobane? >> you know turkish politics well, give us your consensus of about what recep tayyip erdogan was saying, whether it was for the consumption of the turkish public, or whether he has something new to add to the debate. >> it's for both. there's a lot of hesitation as to what is taking place across the border in kobane. a lot of turks and the government itself feels that there is an attempt to drag the country into a war that it does not want to partake in. there's confusion. as the president said, it's why so much emphasis is put on the small town behind me. there has been huge massacres, including the use of weapons, against syrians. he points out to other places and why there has not been the
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same drive by the community. in terms of the address towards the international community, and the consumption of why is the onus put on turkey for it to intervene, when there's meant to be a broader coalition. when i spoke to the deputy head of the ruling party recently, he told me that if the internation international community was so concerned. they should bring in ground troops and turkey would draw. the other skepticism with the turkish government is those that lead the fight are considered a terrorist group by the government, as well as washington. they are questioning why is the international community supporting one so-called terrorist group over another. surely there should be a third way to control the conflict. >> before we go, it would be interesting to see what you were
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pointing out in the background. can we zoom in and get your commentary again on what is happening there? >> unfortunately, there is a slight problem with that technically. in the next life we'll be able to zoom in and show you where the peshawar forces have started to camp out, and where the front line is. we are unable to do it now. but we'll bring it to you soonest. >> for those wondering why we can't do it, we are getting it from another source. we'll live with what we have at the moment and come back later for what you can show and tell us. >> elsewhere in syria the opposition group the al nusra front says it has taken control of a town from a rival faction. the al nusra front, a group linked to al qaeda says it is in charge after five days of
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fighting rival military factions in burkina faso are struggling for power after the resignation of the president. the leader for 27 years stepped down on friday after days of violent protests, these are the two men who say they are in charge of the country, the general there on the right. the colonel issaac zi did, a -- zida. burkina faso is an important ally in north africa. >> the president was president for 27 years of burkina faso. for some, he was the only president he knew. there's dispute over who is in charge. first, the head of the army said he'd take control.
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>> translation: i will assume responsibility for the government and will start immediately to return to constitutional life. >> reporter: then the presidential guard izzaaczida said he was in charge. >> starting today i will head the government. calling on the government to support our people in this difficult time. >> reporter: the resignation was welcomed by many. it was an attempt to extend the time in office. it prompted mass protest. after days of violence, the president agreed not to seek another term in office, but said he would remain in power until next year. >> translation: i call on all parties to put the country first. for my part i am open and available for transitional talks, until i hand over power to a democratically elected
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president. >> opposition leaders wanted the president to resign and called on support to keep on protesting. >> translation: the president issued a statement where he sees himself as the head of state. prior to a discussion of political transition, he said it is pure and simply that he must leave. >> reporter: tuesday was the start of a civil disobedience start. thousands took to the streets. demonstrators stormed parliament, setting it on fire. they tried to stop the vote that would have allowed the president to run again. people hope that the president's resignation will bring an end to the violence that they've had to endure. >> this country was closely watched at the moment by the
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united states and the former colonial power. both of those have military ties to the country. it's why it's landlocked, close to mali in the north, nigeria down there. both of those countries battling al qaeda-linked fighters. the u.s. reportedly using its bases in burkina faso to spy on armed groups, and in return washington gives millions in financial aid. former president positioned himself as a strong media hosting talks. the allies will be worried by a power vacuum left by his resignation and the rivalry of army factions. now joining me from skype, out of the berlin, editor of "africa international media group." of the two men that say they are
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in power, general honore or general zida. which would the former president most like to see in control? >> i think it is quite irrelevant. whoever will take over in burkina faso will follow in the footsteps. campera in terms of being a strong alliance in the war, for sure. being very close to france, because they rely on france. france has a lot of aid program and at a point there were 900 french n.g.o.s. so i think this part is - it will not change much. and what will have been - and it was very interesting when the young people were rioting.
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they were all saying blaze had done a lot of work. we accept that, but want him to step down now after 27 years, which means that they don't question what he's been doing, and they actually are very proud of what their country, which used to be the poorest, or one of the poorest has become without oil and all the usual resources that many countries have, and they know blaze has been an amazing actor in achieving that. bev so what is happening is not questioning a political course, just saying we need renewal in the political forces. >> i wonder if it's worth looking at it from two angles, one is the international one,
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where it's been a key nation to the u.s. and other countries trying to block al qaeda, and the people in boko haram. let's tackle the international one first. in what way does it help the outside allies to fight what it considers terrorist forces. >> first, in being active burkina faso hosted the peace accord. they were not respected that much. they were a major actor. so mallee, as we know, is a link between the desert and the where the forces concentrate. and as being - haul all kinds of
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service, a strict service, an intelligence service across west africa. a and... to vote. the comment where - that burkina faso is the pressure of africa, it's a little excessive, but it shows how the west, and france especially respect highly the government in burkina faso for what they have been doing in helping them. all the strategies. >> i have to push you on a little bit. sorry, but you say they were generally happy with what campara has achieved in the past. what is it that they want - the people of burkina faso? >> okay.
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i think what they want - the problem has been that although burkina faso has steadfast and consistently moved forward on the economy care, up the ladder, there is a wide gap between pure and rich. this gap has widened a lot. you have now sort of a glass in burkina faso, which is rich, and thoughs his status, and mostly, you know, like in many countries, in africa, the youth have no jobs, and the future is uncertain. so they feel like something has to change deeply. >> we'll have to leave there. thank you very much indeed boko haram has released a
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video denying that it has agreed to a ceasefire with the nigerian government the the leader of the group ruled out future talks and said no negotiations a taking place, and claims that 219 schoolgirls that boko haram kidnapped converted to islam and have married. >> and today you claim ha made a truce with you. in what way did he make a truce. what kind of negotiation and whom. your invoi and others like you will not be spared. what negotiation? we did not negotiate with anyone. it is a lie. it is a lie. we will not net. what is a business with negotiation. allah said we should not stay with us, coming up on the newshour. taking a look at china's drastic steps to look its best for the asian pacific forum.
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plus... >> north and south waziristan. traders say they are loading money. >> formula 1 in a spain on and off the track. at least five people died in fighting between shia houthi rebels. reports suggest the houthis attacked the political office in the province of ibrahim hassan tali al asiri. >> we are trying to shed some light on what is happening in ibb. >> well, i think the houthis are trying to settle the scores with their main opponents and enemies, if you will, and that
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is a party, with a long history between the two. i think the houthis feel they are capable with the power in their hands, and they are targetting the party, not only in ibb, but other parts of the country, including the capital. the development comes after a threat made by the houthis, given to the president, giving him 10 days to form a government or otherwise they will form their own ruling body. they have denied it, but the me message was clear. the message cats the power of the group, and it adds to the challenge of any government that rules this country. >> there are concerns the unrest and fighting in yemen are threatening the unity of the nation, pushing it closer to civil war. weeks after shia houthi rebels took over the capital sanaa and
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other provinces, there's a political deadlock. the u.n. failed to produce a new government or end the crisis. this person is responsible for yemeni said to keep the country together. >> the situation is serious. the whole transition is under threat. extraordinary developments have occurred. basically militia took over an arab capital, and the world hardly noticed. despite the challenges, it is insisted that the only way forward builds the state. >> this agreement has three parts, a political path that can give a push to the political process so it can move forward with the formation of a new government, an inclusive government and a techno accurate in the economic -- technocrat in
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the check and security part. and we start with the parties committing to re-establish the authorities of the state. and the security part that deals with issues of disarmament, ceasefires and so on. >> there's no indication that these fighters will disarm or leave the capital any time soon. the talks to form a unity government of technocrats could take more time. when the government is formed, the challenge will be to maintain the state's authority and end the transitional period. that period started in 2011, after the president was toppled in the wake of popular protests. analysts say it should include writing a new constitution and holding parliamentary elections to ensure a smooth transition. yemen is at a crossroads and any government have to deal with
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poverty, tribal. >> and corruption, and a divided military, and the influence of a former president, houthi rising power, spread of al qaeda, and increasing movement in the south. the u.n. warns without assistance, yemen could collapse. a bomb has gone off in egypt's sinai peninsula and injured seven soldiers. planted on a road used by army patrols and police. 30 soldiers were killed in another explosion in the same area last week. >> whilst in egypt - al jazeera continues to demand the immediate release of our three journalists who have been behind bars in that country for 308 days. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed are falsely accused of helping the outlawed muslim brotherhood, something which al jazeera and the men reject utterly. mohamed fadel fahmy and peter greste from sentence said to sevenies, but they added another three to baher mohamed's
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sentence for having a spent bullet in his possession, which he said he picked up at a protest. >> the international company virgin says he'll move forward with plans to take tourists into space. spaceship-two crashed to the desert, killing the pilot, and injuring another. richard branson wrote:. >> tom ackerman reports. >> this was the 35th flight for the passenger plane virgin galactic's enterprise, but the fourth time it was due to reach the edge of space under its own power. a carrier jet lifted it to
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14,000 meters. the plane was supposed to separate, ignite its own motor and climb. instead the plane crashed into the mo hashy deserted floor north of los angeles, one pilot killed, and another injured. >> i knew when other things weren't happening, it wasn't because something did happen, it was a what i was not hearing and seeing, and so it was - if there was a huge explosion, i didn't see. >> more than 700 people paid deposits for a seat on "the enterprise", the ticket price, $250,000. >> we'll get through it. future rests in many ways on hard days like this. but we believe we owe it to the affects who were flying these
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vehicles. >> the crash came the same week that another private commercial space mission failed. an unmanned antares rocket carrying supplies for the international space station was deliberately blown up after launch above the u.s. east coast. virgin galactic said the timing of the plane rollout would be based on a safety driven schedule. now the timetable was thrown into more uncertainty china has successfully retrieved an experimental spacecraft that flew around the moon and back. the unmanned orbiter flew around the moon, a test run for a mission that aims to have a chinese spacecraft land on the moon, pick up samples and come back to earth i was going to tell you about fog and smoke in china, and how they are trying to beautify the capital, but i'll
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leave it to you steph. >> thank you. it's all - the pollution in beijing is because of where beijing is situated, and the geography of the city. the air pollution is pretty good, 45 on the index, which is low. it is quite unusual for is to be this low. we have mountains surrounding the north and west. if beijing didn't make pollution at all. if you had a wind from the south and east, you'd end up with a lot of pollution, because it would be trapped by the mountains to the west and north. any wind from the south or east end up in a lot of pollution in beijing, and what you need is a wind coming from the north-west to clear the pollution. it would have to be a strong wind, because it has to make it over the mountains. if you don't have the wind in
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the right direction, there's one thing you can rely on to clear out the air, and that is rain. if you have rain pulling out the air pollution particles, giving you better air quality heading through the next few hours. there's one thing to china ricks to say it's done if it clears pollution. that is cloud seeding. throwing tiny particles into the sky, and it causing all the pollution to be watched out. it's not necessarily true. cloud seeding some works if you have the right conditions. you can't making is out of nothing. if there's no moisture up there, you're never going to make rain. if you are hoping to clear pollution in beijing, you have to rely on the weather. at the moment the reason we have low pollution is we have this area of the cloud working across us, giving us strong winds from the north-west.
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>> 500 words from me if i remember it all a little later coming up on the al jazeera newshour. >> i'm in sao paulo brazil, a state experimenting with battery-powered public buses. if successful, it could change transportation. >> let the debate begin. we hear from both sides ahead of the u.s. midterm elections and why an aussie football team may be feeling lonely during the asian champion's league finals.
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you're watching the al jazeera newshour, these are the top stories - iraqi kurdish peshawar forces enter the syrian border town kobane, and have been waiting there since wednesday. joining now hundred of syrian kurdish opposition fighters to take on the islamic state of iraq and levant there's a power struggle for control at burkina faso between two prom gent members, general traore and colonel zida both say they were in charge. the president quit on friday after days of protest virgin galactic will continue to take people to space. virgin ii crashed in the desert, killing one pilot, innouring
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another. >> 2 million iraqis have been displaced from kobane. hundreds in the kurdish regions. with winter coming, life will get harder. >> there's around 7,000 people living in the unfinished buildings. the reason is there's literally no room in the camps in the surrounding areas. now, the winter is coming, as you can see. conditions are atrocious. we had the first heavy rain. there's no running water, little electricity, and there are reports that people have died falling from the buildings. aid organizations and local authorities said they don't have the sources. there was a rush to supply as much winter clothing as possible, before the snow came. >> u.n.i.c.e.f. came there today to start a distribution of
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clothes for children between 3 months and 14 years old. everyone registers, there's a mark on the arm, and they take a box and go to where they are staying. we follow this man and son who collect their boxes. he takes us to where the family is staying. this is where they live with a family of seven. they have brought their boxes from the u.n.i.c.e.f. handout and we'll see what they have in prepares for the harsh winter months. the children and his wife wait eagerly to see what is inside. these are some of the things they have for the family from this winter hand out. we have warmer clothing. there are jackets, socks for the baby, shoes. some woollen boots. bear in mind that the temperatures here in a month or so will get exceedingsly cold,
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well below zero. there's no heating in the room. these are the clothes that will keep the children alive. this family lost so much. the u.n. says there's more than 800,000 like them across the kurdish region of northern iraq. >> charles stratford there. they do not have long. it's the final week of campaigning in the midterm elections. the republicans taking six seats. if they cope the house of representatives, the president will find his party pitted against a republican controlled congress. we are off to the west coast where we find some people that are fed up with it all. after hearing from patty culhane. >> reporter: american voters are divided over a lot of issues. one thing they agree on is the state of campaigning in the
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country. >> it's obnoxious. >> ugly. >> it's about bashing the other candidate, and not the issues. >> that's true in television ads. one featuring a burping shark. and another a candidate actually fighting an alligator. >> i grew up castrating hogs on an e.u. farm. >> reporter: that's right, castrating hogs - it doesn't tell a lot about the policies. to win, candidates need more than members of their own party, people that subscribe to their belief. a record number, 42% of american people call themselves independent, more than 25% that call themselves republicans, or 31% that say they are a democrat. the two parties defined themselves simply. republicans say they stand for lower taxes, left government, and democrats say they are form powering the lowest and middle
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classes. >> over the last several years both parties refused to compromise on pretty much anything. >> i will not yield to you. >> they seem to agree on the feed to reform the tax code and the immigration system. some analysts thing it is more likely to happen if republicans win control of the senate. republicans have a reputation of being unbending, uncompromising, obstructionists, producers of gridlock. in a phrase, the party of no. and the republicans have some incentives over the next couple of years to demonstrate they can say more than no, that they can be a governing party. >> this is an election marked by candidates from both parties, promising to govern and make washington work. if there's something that americans agree op, right now the -- agree on, right now the government is as broken as the areas it works in.
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>> americans say they are fed up with a due oply of democrats and republicans that dominated republicans. evident in the polls and on the streets. >> political parties, i feel disenfranchised. i feel i don't know which speaks to me or represents me accuraty. >> i think i'm probably in line with most of america, frustrating with gridlock. >> voters want choices, a survey by gallop. 60% say america needs a third party. >> there should be other parties to choose from. i think maybe a couple more choices. >> if there are more than two parties in the mix, and this politician going door to door is proof. i'm. >> i'm the former prayer. >> michael fienstein is running for city council in santa monica
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california. a city he was seen as mayor. >> the media covers it as a feature story or a spoiler of a system where you are trapped into a choice of choosing the lesser of two evils, you end up with an evil of two lessers. it's a political system that is less representative. >> greens and others thought to the ideologies and political platform. when it comes to congress or the white house, they can't get a foot in the door. why? >> money is the milk of politics. in today's political environment with the cost of campaigning being what it is, with an overwhelming discussion with institutions, not only the major parties, but political parties as an institution, it's a long, hard futile climb for third
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parties in the country. >> reporter: indications are both parties are losing clout. 42% of voters describing them as independents. either republicans or democrats. was of money, tradition and organization, the two main parties prove it. >> i don't care for either one. i believe in the country, but can't stand the government. >> the voters are as guilty as the media and politicians in allowing to monolith, to control the political debate. >> reporter: as much as americans say they disdain the politicians and the parties, they appear for the time being to be stuck with the system they have got news reaching us. nine members of afghan security forces have been killed in a suicide attack that is in
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central logarth province. 20 others, including civilians were injured. afghan forces are starting to take over from international ones which are preparing to be withdrawn by the end of the year. >> let's move to pakistan. it's not a war in this case, but nuts. pakistan being one of the biggest producers of pine nuts. a long mightry campaign. along the afghan borders, it was made difficult for those that grow the pine nuts, and those that sell them. we have more. >> this is pakistan's northern regions, near the border with north waziristan. it's a time of the year when locals bring nuts to this market. everyone here is busy. this man is filling sacks of
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pine nuts. selling it at the boards. it is intricately sorted by hand, taking hours. nearby some are using basic machines to save time and labour. pakistan has a fine nut. in the mountain range. although pine nuts are found in other parts of the country. the ones from north and south waziristan are known for their unique case. >> in good times pinenuts can fetch a lot of money. because of the conflict. tribal people are complaining that they are losing a lot of money. a large military operation against foreign fighters forced 800,000 out of the waziristan. >> translation: they are poor
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people, transportation has driven from 2,000 to 8,000. it affects the economy of the people in the country. the government should open the roads and help us with our problems. >> reporter: in 2012 the price of pine nuts was around $10 a kilo. because of the military operations in the area, it is difficult to trabs port the com -- transport the commodity to the market. >> a timely delivery is intention. they go bad quickly. due to the military operations, time of transportation and unpredictable weather, pinenuts are rotting. we are losing a lot of money and business on the international market. >> reporter: traders have their own problems, but locals chain the middlemen make the most company. pakistan can increase production by using modern technology and finding ways to preserve the
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pinenuts. let us move to an issue which we covered extensively on al jazeera over the last few years, those trying to get from north africa into europe by any means. the european union launching maritime patrols. part of an operation to help italy reduce the number of migrants that make it. italy isened ag an operation after a -- is ending an operation after hundreds drowned. a fleet will be based in italian waters, six ships, two planes, and a helicopter. let's talk to a spokesman for the international organization. joining us from geneva. i listed what it has. what doesn't it have that murray nostrum had. >> it's a third of the budget.
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operating in a restricted area. what we are seeing is an attempt by the europeans to send a signal to would-be migrants to say it will be more dangerous to cross. whether it has impact is hard to tell. they are trying to show that it's more difficult to get into europe than it was this year. part of the problem is by having a search and rescue mission, the smuggling networks take advantage, and cram more people on to the unsafe boats, in the knowledge that they'll be rescued. >> do you think they give a hoot, care in the slightest about whether the boats sink or not? >> to the extent that they have willing customers paying $200,000 ahead. if word gets around that you will not get the cross, who will pay it. it's evident that the networks
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are taking advantage of this. at the same time it seems a dramatic move to say the least to reduce search and rescue. >> did italy, as its interior minister say - do you think it should continue? >> it lil did an extraordinary job and it cost the italian taxpayer a huge amount of money, to rescue over 150,000 people. 3,000 died, remember. a lot of focus is on the new decision, and the new decision seems to be aimed at diswaiting people from coming. we have -- dissuading people from coming. on the day, the focus will be an rescuing people, but the focus is on the smugglers scamming people, taking up to $2,000,
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earning half a million per shipment. it's an extraordinary amount of money. and they are treating people with callousness and criminality. >> no doubt about that. thank you. annette doyle talking about a plan for people stranded in the mediterranean. thank you. >> coming up, we'll take a closer look at china's pollution problem. we have the sport. why the united states rugby team is guaranteed to be part of a record breaking group.
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. >> andy is here. >> three formula 1 teams are contemplating a walk out. too much of the sports money was claimed to be going to the bigger teams. the unhappy trio took part in the practice sessions in austin. the teams were not in texas due to financial difficulties, 18 cars are set to be on the starting grid. it's the lowest number. >> chelsea look odds on to consolidate a lead at the top of the english premier league. four clear of southampton, home to qpr. the early game sees liverpool away at newcastle, a fixture that produces a lot of goals. >> we won 6-0 a couple of years ago. if we do that again, that would be great. it's a good entertaining game
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between both teams, but for us we'll look into it. we will be solid defensively, looking at creating an attack going forward. >> i'm confident i know what liverpool will do. i think i know him well enough to know how he'll play. for us, i think we can surprise them. >> australia western sydney wanderers - if they win the league, it will not be down to the support of fans. 14 managed to get visas to enter saudi arabia. they'll be amongst a crowd of 67,000 supporters. western sydney have a 1-0 lead, and could be the first australian club to win the ain title. >> when you have belief in your team, in your squad, there is no fear for me.
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why would i fear them, i respect them. we report them, they are in the final. fear is a big word for me. >> translation: the most important thing is we have to win the match and take the championship. everyone nose the history. we are a team that won the championship, but the last time was a long time ago. we are determined to win it. >> the african champion's league reaches its conclusion. vitae club is level 2-2. the winners will go through to next month's club world cup, taking place in morocco. novak djokovic ended andy murray's 11th match streak, beating him in straight sets. despite the defeat. andy murray did enough to the qualify for the season-ended world tour finals, as for novak
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djokov djokovic, he as schickory in the violence. the raaf has two weeks to decide who should host the 2019 world championships. they completed a tour of the three cities, eugene, barcelona and doha in the running. >> reporter: a large stop for a group of people with a big decision. led by seb co- former champion. the iaaf has been in doha to see if the qatari capital is ready to host the 2019 world championships, a first for the middle east. >> if qatari got 2019. it will support a lot of girls. they will think more to be a part of this. everyone loves to practice. >> imagine bringing all the
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people to the sport. inspiring a younger genration. once you have seen the experience life. >> the cities of you geen, in the united states -- eugene, a country in the united states, yet to stage a championship, barcelona and spain are in the running. every previous edition started in august. high summer temperatures means doha's plan involves a cooler later window. they don't believe the city will be at a disadvantage. we end the season in the i.a.a.f. by end of september. i think this will be a good chance for the world to see the world championship - the season ending with the world championship. >> reporter: the football world cup is on its way to qatar. there are unanswered questions, when in the year will it be played. and what will findings in
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relation to corruption surrounding the 2018 bidding process reveal. >> can the bid be treated in isolation. or is this the wrong time to award a big event to qatar. >> we haven't spent, nor should we spend time worrying about other sports and situations. it's for us to make judgments around our sport. that's what we have done here. >> reporter: a final decision will be made on november 18th. >> alexander levey will take a lead into the shanghai masters. have a look at this. look at this. holding for an eagle at the whole of 16. >> a round of three consecutive birdies. he's in control. 22 under par rugby world champion are
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heading into unchartered territory. they are about to play for the first time. the all blacks have attracted a sell-out crowd for the game at soldier field. that will be a record for the rugby game in the u.s. >> i don't give the home team much of a chance. >> be great to be there we were hearing earlier on about china taking drastic steps to ensure blue skies. it has important visitors. as rob mcbride is going to tell us, there's a major clean-up under way to try to get it looking specific and span. >> in beijing, motorists are only allowed to use their cars on alternate days. workers in government offices are given a week-long holiday.
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out of town heavy trucks are banned from the highways. in heavily polluting provinces, building sites and factories are shut. a quarry owner got the phone call on the morning we visited him, telling him to stop work. one less source of dust. a loyal communist party members views it as a national duty. >> yes, it causes some loss of business. we are happy to do it. we have to support the authorities in their effort. >> the whole community, it seems, has been mobilized for the cues. >> there has not been a clean-up like this since the 2008 beijing olympics. china is determined to showcase to the world a remarkable transformation, one clear of the
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clouds of pollution. this city is one of the most polluted in the whole of china. residents can be thankful for the breath of fresh air that apec brings with it. >> translation: i don't think it will solve the pollution problem, it's a temporary measure. >> translation: this only deals with the symptoms, not the cause of the pollution. >> wrong-suffering residents know the departure of the vips will likely be followed by a swift return to a smog-laden existence. smog is a problem in the bigger city of brazil. sao paulo is switching to battery powered buses. >> reporter: it's another typical busy morning at theman bus terminal in the sao paulo
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suburbs. some commuters will ride into work on anything but a typical form of transportation. this is an all electric battery-powered public bus, one of several going through a trial run in sao paulo. the second of its kind to be put in place. in the first month they were put in operation, more than 100,000 passengers used the buses. >> it doesn't make pollution, it's faster and doesn't make noise. >> it runs entirely on rechargeable lithium iron batteries. four times a day the buses fuelled up on electricity at the charging dock. >> there are more than 20,000 regular diesel powered buses like this in the city of sao paulo, one of the biggest in any city in the world. less than 2% are battery powered. if this experiments takes off
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and grows, it would not only have environmental, but economic benefits as well. >> currently in cities like sao paulo. we lose more than 10% of the g.d.p. because of congestion. providing and designing better solutions from the beginning on in a better way is something a lot of cities can learn from. >> reporter: city officials are optimistic on the prospects, but have to prove to can work on a small scale. >> this is a bus that was perfect from an environmental point of view. now we are collecting analysis of financial data to see if it will prevent us to do that. it's a small step, perhaps with big ramifications for the environment time for me to take a hike. thanks for watching.
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entering kobane, iraqi kurdish fighters cross into syria to battle i.s.i.l. we report from inside the town. hello, i'm here with the world news from al jazeera. rival military leaders say they are in charge of burkina faso, after protests force out the president boko haram denies a ceasefire with the nigerian government, saying it has married off with