>> thank you all. happy thanksgiving. that brings us to the end of inside story. i'm ray suarez. >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ from al jazeera's headquarters in doha, this is the news hour. i'm sami zeidan. coming up in the next 60 minutes. opec oil ministers desend on vienna to try to figure out how to keep crude prices from falling. a bombing in kaboul kills five people. and how to stop thousands of people drowning on the perilous
journey to a better life. and one sports story dominating the headlines this thursday, the death of cricketer phillip hughes. ♪ let's begin with vienna, in what is being seen as one of the most crucial meetings on oil in years. the price is down more than 30% since june. opec members are meeting to figure out what to do about it. big oil producers like saudi arabia, iran, and venezuela, are simply losing too much hour. we'll take you to venezuela where plummeting oil prices couldn't come at a worse time. and we report from moscow,
russia wants oil prices to go up, because it simply needs the money. these e.u. sanctions over its actions in ukraine is hurting its economy too. jonah where is opec heading on this? >> reporter: well, sami, at this moment, i don't know is the short answer. what i can tell you is that in the last few moments it appears the meeting going on in the opec headquarters over there has broken up, because all of a sudden a couple of the ministers made their way out and have driven away, one of them the saudi minister who started the day and ended the day with no comment. it raises the possibility that this meeting has broken up without a consensus, i'll have to get back to you with the
details on that. but remember inside opec there was some division between those producers who wanted production levels to be cut so the price of oil would go up, and others who were quite happy to let levels stay where they were for fear of losing market share. it is not only the opec producers who are worried about the price of oil, however, non-opec producers, russia among them, very worried. >> reporter: opec's members have gathered in vienna. a 30% tumble in crude prices has gone from $110 a barrel down to below $80. for russia these are troubles times. >> the decline means that the
russian budget has already lost some 20, 30, maybe even $40 billion. >> reporter: russia isn't an opec member. but it is the world's second biggest oil producer. in 2013 engive products made up 68% of the country's export revenues, but russia's 2015, 2017 budget only balances with oil at a minimum of $100 a barrel. with current prices well below that, moscow faces difficult choices. what it can't do is push oil prices up by limiting production, siberian temperatures would freeze many wells if they stopped pumping. vladimir putin hinted recently that the u.s. and saudi arabia were deliberately depressing the
price of oil to hurt russia's economy. $80 a barrel, is that just the result of market forces or are there political machinations at play? >> translator: the oil industry develops in cycles. today we're in a price reduction phase because of overproduction. inefficient products will leave the market and this will return prices to a fair level. >> reporter: a relaxed response, but the finance minister is concerned off to develop an alternative, but taking into account zero growth in slumping oil revenues. it is only in the last three or so years that oil prices of 100-plus dollars a barrel have become a norm.
over the past decades it was mostly 20 or $30 a barrel. but this all has to do what with russia has gotten used to. rory challands, al jazeera, moscow. >> reporter: well, put a brave face on it the russians and others may try and do. they have reserves enough perhaps to be able to live with the lower price of oil for a while. oil of course is always a game of winners and losers. the winners the consumers, the airline companies, the struggling economies that import oil, and china, of course, but the losers with the big oil giants and the big oil producers who must struggle through a period of low oil prices having got used to such high oil prices in recent years, but struggle they will have to do, because it
doesn't seem as though opec has been prepared to do anything about it. let's take a look now why oil prices are falling. the world is consuming record amounts of oil, but there is more than enough to meet the demand, and that is keeping the prices low. 3 million barrels a day were added to the supply in the past five months alone. and even more oil is likely to be added as shale oil production increases in the united states. it has become the biggest oil and gas producer in the world. as we mentioned one of the country's badly affected by the drop in oil prices is venezuela. it is one of the most oil-dependant countries in the world. so a slump in prices means big problems for the economy. david mercer explains.
>> reporter: it's the world fifth largest oil exporter and has the largest proven reserves on the planet, but with oil prices falling to a four-year low, venezuela could be facing one of its most difficult tests yet. oil makes up 95% of the nation's exports and oil taxes are more than 40% of government revenues. with the price of crude hovering around $75 a barrel, the country's economy is shrinking rapidly. >> translator: venezuela is perhaps the most oil dependent country in the world. oil is the only thing that can bring in dollars. if misused it creates populism, where there is not enough dollars, you can't give people what they are used to and popular unrest grows. >> reporter: from the time he came into power, hugo chavez started using oil reserves to
fund his socialist revolution. his social programs helped lift millions of venezuelians out of poverty. but it led to shortages of basic goods. in february, protests resulted with hundreds of thousands of people demanding the resignation of chavez's successor. with oil prices having dropped more than $30 since then, come argue venezuela's policies have to change. >> translator: public spending in venezuela and social spending in general, the number of public employees for example has grown enormously over the past 15 years. i think the time has come for the government to get used to including a private sector so the state alone doesn't have to look after 30 million people. >> reporter: a reduced role of the state has rosa garcia
worried. she shops at a supermarket where subsidized goods can be much cheaper but not all venezuelians share rosa's faith. a recent poll put the president's approval rating at 30%. and if oil prices don't rise, it could be just a matter of time before things in venezuela go from bad to worse. david mercer, al jazeera. we are joined by an international oil economist. good to have you with us, sir. one wonders whether there is an easy way out for opec to keep their prices high. shale producers might increase their output to fill the gap if
they cut production. >> well, the question is to cut or not to cut. that is the question. i believe if opec puts politics aside, and thinks in a logical and rational way, they have to cut their production by 2 million barrels a day at least, from 30 million to 28 to absorb the glut in the global oil market. failing to do that, they will all suffer and their economies -- their all economies will suffer as well. saudi arabia and the other gulf producers need a price of $100 and above to balance their budgets. iran needs $125. venezuela needs also $110. so they have to cut. if they don't cut, the price will slip down to $70, and they
will all be users. >> but my question -- sorry to interrupt, even if they cut their production what is to stop shale oil producers to increase their production and keeping the prices lower. >> well, russia is producing at full capacity. the united states shale oil production is at full capacity, and it is a source of the problem because it added around 2.5 million barrels to the global oil market in the form of less imports by the united states. so i think if you absorb that glut, the prices will stabilize and they will start to go up. otherwise we will be -- if the price continues to slow down, global consumption will overtake supplies, and we will be putting the seeds of a future energy oil
crisis by the end of 2015 or 2016. >> all right. i'm talking about the future, when you look at the top -- i took a look at the top 15 oil importers. now the u.s. may be able to rely more on domestic shale production, but look at china and india, they are importing and consuming more oil. is this going to be a long-term problem in the future? i mean long term low oil prices? >> china is on economic superpower, and the [ inaudible ] for oil demand in china is very much steeply upward, the same with india. the united states contrary to their claims they still import 7.5 million barrels a day. because their shale production is no more than 2.5 million barrels, which makes oil
production around 8 to 8.5, contrary to their claims that they have overtaken saudi arabia or russia. russia is producing at full capacity, so the global demand will continue to grow particularly if the temporary slowness in the economic growth in china and europe evaporates, and soon it will evaporate, that's why i say that low oil prices cannot be sustained by the global oil market, because they will destroy american's shale oil production, they will destroy the global oil industry which needs 125 to $135 to balance their budgets and major oil companies have already started to sell their assets and to reduce their investment, which means they are putting the seed for slower production in the next few years. >> all right.
thanks so much. bring you some breaking us in that we're getting out of afghanistan where gunfire has been heard in the capitol. let's cross over to charles stratford. he joins us from kaboul. what is going on there, charles. >> reporter: sami at the moment there are very few details to firm up. what we are hearing according to witnesses that have spoken to the reuter's news agency, there was an explosion in the diplomatic quarter of the afghan capitol around about 45 minutes ago. these witnesses saying they heard gunfire after the blast, and of course it comes today after another attack on a british embassy vehicle in the east of the capitol. the taliban have promised that they would attack foreign targets in the wake of the disagreement signed by the
afghan government for foreign forces to stay to train afghan force, but as i say, beyond these records at the moments via the witnesses that have spoken to the reuters news agency, we'll bring you more details as soon as we can. >> all right. let's bring you some more details on the earlier attack on the british embassy attack that charles was referring to. >> reporter: afghan security forces race on to the road. another suicide attack along a highway that has become one of the most dangerous places in kabul. it targeted a british embassy vehicle. >> translator: when the explosion happened i was standing there. i saw dead bodies in the road. some had no arms. it was a land cruiser and a corolla. both cars came together and the explosion happened. >> reporter: the force of the blast threw the vehicle across four lanes of traffic.
security forces and foreign troops sealed off the area. >> translator: there were lots of wounded and dead. the attack was against foreigners. i saw a mini van of passengers that were injured. the police rushed the injured to the hospital. >> reporter: the taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. they have seen a massive rise in attacks in kaboul and across the country in recent weeks. accommodation compound of foreigners was targeted not far from here, earlier this month. the majority of forces are expected to leave afghanistan by the end of this year. the taliban threatened to step up attacks against foreigners after the agreement to allow
some forces to stay and train afghanistan forces. plenty more still to come here on the al jazeera news hour. they fled war and hardship only to facing danger at see. what lies ahead for asylum seekers if they do make it. and the cricket world is mourning after the death of philip hughes. we have the reaction on the way. ♪ britain's high court has issued a ruling which could lead to the prosecution of egyptian cabinet members in the united kingdom. the order confirms cabinet members can be investigated for international crimes regardless of immunity issues.
the muslim brotherhood political wing had lodged a case against the minister of industry and international trade. the fjp says egypt's rulers should be investigated. al jazeera continues to demand the release of its three journalists who have been held in prison in egypt for 334 days. they were jailed on charges of helping the outlawed muslim brotherhood. a charge they deny. they are appealing the convictions. israel says it has uncovered plans by hamas to launch large-scale attacks on jerusalem. the security service says the group was also planning to kidnap israelis. it has released photographs of some of the 30 members arrested in september. they are said to have formed a single hamas military cell. weapons and ammunition were seized during the arrest. israel says they were ordered to
hit several targets, including a stadium and light railway. to europe now where foreign ministers are discussing the huge rise of undocumented migrants trying to get into their continent. they are meeting to try to find a solution. these pictures give you an idea of the problem. 700-would-be migrants packed into a cargo ship. they had to be toed to safety after they lost power and were left drifting in the mediterranean. those who do make it to land don't always receive the welcome they had hoped for. >> reporter: this used to be a hotel. it's long since closed, but the lobby is still packed, and the rooms all taken. 160 migrant families live in this place on the edge of rome. it has a roof, and that is enough. for people like this former
child soldier who fled the war in sudan, it's home. >> i find myself okay. but what i am going to do? otherwise i kill myself. i must find a way. so that's why i was fighting for [ inaudible ], you know? find a solution, because nobody can take care of you. >> reporter: 165,000 migrants have arrived in italy so far this year. that is 100,000 more than last year. their goal is to get to the tiny italian island of lampedusa and then on to europe. but thousands drown trying. when the ship comes in, the welcome may not be what they hoped for. especially for those who find themselves stranded in italy. people like this have to remain here under e.u. rule's.
>> translator: some prefer the sea to the war. they think perhaps if we get there alive, at least we have a chance in europe. but when i arrived in italy, i found the situation here worse than where i fled from. >> reporter: the fact is for many people who do find their way to rome, this is what they can expect when they get here. there are dozens of these derelict buildings that have now been turned unofficially into shelters. in some cases there isn't even a roof to keep the rain out, but what these places do provide is a sense of safety, a place that is more secure for them than the country from which they fled. the u.n. says the problem of refugees being stranded needed fixed immediately. >> we need to increase the number for settlement, for vie saas, and sponsorship, that would allow for sure to prevent
many people to decide to cross the mediterranean this way. >> reporter: and e.u. officials arrive in rome, the migrants keep arriving, and many more will die trying. they feel they have no alternative. we can now join phil lavelle from rome. are they finding that magic wand that are looking for to wave at this problem? >> reporter: the meeting is happening behind closed doors. it has been going on for around five or six hours. there are 58 participants. this is part of a procedure called the rabadad process. specifically getting attention here in italy because italy is
the one country that has really had to tackle the issue. and also because of the newly appointed minister of foreign policy says this needed to be tackled right now. we have some experts here from the international organization for migration. we have a room full of people. they are all talking about what should be done. how does this translate from a room of people talking to actual action where something does change? >> well, this is the first time this dialogue of international migration development in the framework of the [ inaudible ] process will talk about international protection as well. this is very important news. so we hope that some specific issue will be addressed during the conference. let's say, let's wait and see. all of these migrants that have
arrived in europe in 2014, many are entitled to get some kind of international protection. and it is needed to track down traffickers and smugglers who organize these journeys. and it is very important that countries try to sit down to find common solutions and try to find a way to support, help migrants, and provide them with an alternative but to risk their lives at sea. >> reporter: these are people that are operating in countries that are regarded in some cases as failed states. so is there any way of stopping them? >> yeah, providing an alternative to migrants. there are so many migrants who can get to europe and get some kind of protection in europe. so we have to think about
providing channels for those migrants, like providing family resolutions, and [ inaudible ] process should be improved or relocation inside europe. many, many -- there's not one solution, many solutions can be addressed, can be found, but it is important that [ inaudible ] should support european member states in this. >> thank you very much. we should find out if they reached a solution shortly. the meeting has been going on for five or six hours now. we're expecting an announcement in not too long. we'll keep you updated here on al jazeera. >> thanks so much, phil lavelle in rome. could this be the break through in the fight against ebola? a new vaccine shows promise after a human trial. plus a community coming together after mayhem on monday in ferguson, locals help repair
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♪ you are watching the al jazeera news hour. let's recap our headlines. the organization of the oil-producing countries, or opec, says it won't cut supplies as demanded by some members. the announcement was made at an opec meeting in vienna. crude prices have been pushed down crippling the economy of some of the nations. gunfire has been heard in afghanistan's capitol. it comes just hours after a tall ban suicide bomber attacked a britishish car. and an order confirms cabinet members can be
investigated for international crimes regardless of immunity issues. investigators in indy say the alleged rape and murder of two young girls was actually suicide. the cousins were found hanging from a tree in late may. but as faiz jamil reports from new delhi. they reject the findings. >> reporter: the two young girls were found hanging from a tree. the central burry of investigation say the girls killed themselves. >> it is unfounded, truly. and there are so many questions which are unanswered until now. and we would articulate those issues, and we will pursue our own case on the basis of that. until that time, we don't have
proof. >> reporter: the government disagreed and asserted its confidence in the investigations conclusions. >> translator: investigations come up with different findings. i think as per this case the probe revealed the truth and the case was solved. >> reporter: the case caused outrage in india. and critics insisted the central bureau of investigation should reopen the case. >> translator: i think the cbi should investigate the case again. they may have missed some clues and should reexamine the case. this is a sensitive case and they should take it seriously and not hurry. >> reporter: authorities have not given anymore details about the investigation, or how the local police who concluded it was rape came to such a different conclusion. let's get more on that breaking news story we were talking about out of afghanistan, because we're now
hearing a gun battle is underway in the capitol. charles who is involved in this one? >> reporter: when we can't say who is involved in these reports of an ongoing street battle. certainly gunfire in this area of kaboul. what we do know, having spoken to eyewitnesss, is it a happening in an area which is a diplomatic area on street number 15 apparently. there are a lot of guest houses, businesses, and as i say embassies in that area. and it's a lot of security down there. a lot of afghan military, and security forces. eyewitnesses are telling us there was an initial explosion heard and then gunfire was heard before four more smaller explosions were heard, and then firing from both sides. so certainly it sounds as if that fighting is ongoing, and of course it comes only a few hours
after an earlier attack today on a british embassy vehicle. >> all right. charles stratford there. thajs thanks so much. in the united states protesters in ferguson, missouri have strt -- started to disburse. armed troops and officers watched on. it's a much calmer scene than on previous nights after a grand jury decision not to charge a police officer who shot dead an unformed afghan american teenagerer. let's go straight to kristin. does this mean this is a day of healing? >> reporter: yeah, it's a national holiday here, so while many of the businesses that you see behind me have been trying to operate behind boarded up
windows and doors, many of them are closed today for the holiday, not because of any unrest. you can look over, through the downtown of ferguson here. the police department where a lot of the demonstrations and unrest have been happening. that brick building down the street is empty. no demonstrators or national guard troops stationed outside. again, people home, resting, regrouping, being with their families, doing what americans do on thanksgiving, watching football and eating turkey. but there is a lot of planning going on behieng the -- behind the scenes. a social media campaign today. you see this store that says i love ferguson on it. a lot of businesses have been coming together trying to regroup on this holiday. they are trying to counter the images of burning and looting that have gone out around the
globe. they are making the point that there's a lot more to this community; that this is a place where people help each other out and ignore racial divides. and we have seen a lot of evidence since we have been here. my colleague has more on that story. >> reporter: anger and mayhem on monday night after a grand jury doesn't indict the white policeman who shot dead michael brown. >> leave this alone. >> reporter: a cell phone video shows local protesters stopping vandals from attacking a much cherished soul food restaurant. a day later kathy's kitchen is open for business again. plywood in the broken windows. when she got to work the next morning, she found her customers were already cleaning up, repairing the damage. they wouldn't let me touch a broom she says.
>> i can't count how many volunteers i had to come out and help us board up all 24 of those windows that were broken. so i'm thankful for what the community has done to come together to show the love and support we have for one another. >> reporter: what do you have in there now? >> red beans and rice. >> reporter: every one in this town, two thirds african american and one third white is welcome. >> it's warmly, friendly, and diverse. each time i have come in here, i have seen a diverse group of people. >> reporter: this is a community going through tough times but as things show here at kathy's kitchen, local people pull together. they help each other clean up and not just here. these days boarded up shops line ferguson's main street as unrest continues. not only did these business's
customers help put this plywood in place, local painters have been turning it into works of art. >> that's the real face of ferguson to me. the problems that we're dealing with, the community and the citizens, we have figured it out. >> reporter: just half a city block from a police department still embroiled in daily clashes with protesters, an oasis of peace, hospitality, and wisdom. daniel lak, al jazeera, ferguson, missouri. >> reporter: you know, i have been a lot of places in the united states, and i have to say that ferguson is one of the friendliest places that i have experienced in this country. we have seen so many examples of community spirit. people helping each other out. whether it's the young black when i met to took it upon themselves to pick up trash on the day after the worst unrest, the local shop owner who told me
she decided to move some of her goods out of her store. she tells hand made crafts and works of art, and she said people just came off of the street and helped her move things out of the store to protect them. so we're seeing black and white working together in so many areas that we felt it was really important to bring that story out, and show that ferguson is about a lot more than burning buildings. >> all right thanks so much. the head of sierra leone ebola response center has condemned a group of burial workers who dumped victim's bodies in the street. they were snatched from a morgue and left outside of the office of hospital managers. the incident happened on tuesday where the workers were striking over nonpayment of wages. they have now been fired and the government condemned their
actions. >> it's families, mothers, fathers, children, the life was taken by a horrific disease, and yet these people chose to ignore the dignity, and use their bodies [ inaudible ]. this was a despicable act that has been [ inaudible ]. these people will receive all of their back payment and will then be dismissed of their service. scientists say they may be one step closer to finding a vaccine for the virus. the first trial has passed the first round of safety tests. dominic kane reports.
>> reporter: for most people who catch ebola, it is fatal. for those who survive, it's a painful debilitating disease. for the past months teaming of researchers have been working to find cure. this drug is being tested as a potential vaccine. it works by stimulating the immune system to produce antibodies against ebola. so far it has been given to two small groups of volunteers. one on a light dose. another on a larger dose. the results with the higher dose were really quite favorable. virtually all of the people who received the higher dose got a very robust antibody response, which is the classical response that vaccines elicit. >> reporter: when cad3 was given to animals, it proved effective. but moving from small scale tests on animal in a laboratory,
to vaccines for use in west africa will be expensive. some specialists say large pharmaceutical companies will need to help. >> they have the infrastructure to develop the vaccines quickly, and if deemed successful and safe and effective, they'll also have the ability to mass produce the vaccines when the time comes to administer them to the general public. >> reporter: the next stage for the drug trial will take place in liberia, where the number of new cases of ebola has stabilized but that is not the position in neighboring sierra leone. the world health organization says the capitol freetown remains an intense area of transmission, and the rate of cases is still rising. >> we still believe that people are engaging in practices that are not necessarily conducive to breaking the transmission, so although the beds that are the most physical manifestation of
where we are short, there are other aspects also that will be useful. >> reporter: but perhaps the most useful thing would be a working vaccine. well, still ahead, we have got all of the sports news including cricketers from around the world pay tribute to australian cricketer philip hughes following his death. those details coming up.
all of the sports news now, and a sad day for the cricket world. >> a tragic day, yes, you are right. the cricket world is in mourning after philip hughes died in a sydney hospital after being struck on the back of a head by a ball in a match two days ago. andrew thomas reports. >> reporter: philip hughes died at the hospital where he had been treated. the captain read a statement from hughes' family. >> we appreciate all of the support we have received. cricket was philip's life, and we shared that love of the game with him. but we would like to thank all of the medical and staff at the hospital, for their great efforts with philip. we love you. >> reporter: in a country where cricket is the national sport,
losing such a big player in the prime of his career has shocked millions. the prime minister gave a national address. >> the thought that a player in his prime should be killed playing a national game is shocking and suffering. >> reporter: tributes to the player who was just shy of his 26th birthday have flooded in from around australia and the world. >> all of those who have played cricket, who have children playing cricket are devastated by the news. >> reporter: flags will fly at half mass. >> philip took a blow at the side of the neck, and as a result of that blow -- one of the main arteries leading to the brain was compressed by the ball. that caused the artery to split
and for bleeding to go up into the brain. and he has a massive bleed into his brain. >> reporter: standard cricket balls weigh 160 grams. the fatal delivery was approximately traveling at 160 kilometers an hour. philip hughes was a respected and popular cricketer, his talent spotted at an early age, the injury that philip hughes suffered is excess shunnally rare. doctors said there had only been one other reported case of a cricket incident in the past. tragic, though this death is, it was a freak accident that caused it. andrew thomas, al jazeera,
sydney. >> philip hughes was well-known to fans arrange the world. >> reporter: in a country known for its love of sport to represent australia in cricket is viewed as one of the highest honors possible. philip hughes achieved this goal at just 20. hughes was seen as a readies you have talent. small in stature, but a gritty batsman. he was even compared to australia's greatest-ever player. at the height of his career was sometimes outweighed by the lows. in between his 26 test matches, hughes was dropped five times from the australian team and
would only add one other century to his career. >> he was a quiet guy. i think that's one of the things that fans like about him. the fact that he was dropped a few times, and never uttered one sill -- sill boll of complaint [ inaudible ]. >> reporter: hughes was hoping to return to the test game starting next week. and he was certainly making his case. hughes was doing what he loved at the crease scoring runs when he was struck in the head by a bouncer. he'll forever be 63 knot out, his death entirely unpress dented in the history of first class cricket. former australian baller
tweeted: >> indian great also paid tribute to a fellow batsman: and the former england all rounder tweeted: shawn abbott of course the 22-year-old fast baller who bowled the fatal delivery. england and sri lanka will hold a moment of silent in their match to pay tribute. day two of this test match was called off as a demonstration of
respect. people are still trying to make sense of this tragedy, but philip hughes' death has put the issue of safety in the spotlight. is there anything the game's lawmakers can do to make the game safer? >> to be fair i don't think you can legislate against what is clearly a freak injury. the doctors were saying there have only been a 100 of these injuries in history. also there have been laws against the bouncer, obviously it was a bouncer that ended up killing poor philip hughes. but if you think back to the 1980s, when fast ballers were peppering people day in and day out. people aren't allowed to use the bouncer willie nilly. it is used as a intimidating weapon.
without the ability to put a batsman on the back foot and stop him scoring easy runs, it is very much a batsman's game. it's a terrible accident, but i'm sure philip hughes would not wish to see cricket suffer as a sport on account of what is a terrible, terrible accident. >> in terms of the immediate impact, australia will host in the next week. in the past the tradition is to bounce people out. will they think twice about that now. >> well, that's a great point. mitchell johnson was sensational. it is hard to put into words how quick and hostile he was as a bowler. and i was talking last night to a function, he recalls being
scared to go out to face the greats in the day. it is a scary sport sometimes. but it is a thrilling sport as a consequence, and i think you have got to bare in mind that there is risk in all walks of life. there is risk crossing the road. it would be so difficult to try to make any example or any case out of this incident. >> shawn abbott, the baller involved in this tragedy, there has been a lot of sympathy for him. he must be devastated right now. >> it is unbelievable. how do you go do your day job and end up being involved in an incident like this. there's no blame attached. no one can point any blame at shawn abbott at the moment. but he will be feeling terrible about his part in the terrible
tragedy. and all you can hope is the massive support that has come out for philip hughes has been dumped on his shoulder. >> andrew miller thank you for your time. the man behind the 2012 olympics has announced he will run for the presidency of the governing body of world athletics. he says he wants to see a shakeup of the iaaff. it is thought his main rival will be the former pole vault world record holder. brazilian football striker has been sentenced to a month in prison after head butting back in august.
the incident occurred after the team lost 2-0. he waited 20 minutes until he went back to the dressing room and then attacked him breaking his nose. he has already been suspended for six months. that's your sport. >> thanks so much. traveling to india is now easy for people from more than 40 countries. tourists can now register online and get a visa when they arrive in india. but not everyone is convinced the new rules will attract as many people as predicted. >> reporter: these are some of the sights, sounds, and offerings of india. british national katy jane coxwell waited two weeks for a tourist visa, but she says it was worth the wait. >> [ inaudible ] it's a very different than home.
[ inaudible ]. >> reporter: now there's hope that more tourists will be able to share stories like these, thanks to new visa regulations announced by the indian government on thursday. india's home minister says nationals from a further 43 countries, including the united states and fiji will be able to apply for a 30-day visa online and collect it on their arrival. >> translator: india's tourism industry needs to [ inaudible ] to sum up its potential in one sentence, the sky is the limit. >> reporter: the chairman of india's leading tourism organization predicts the impact will be huge. >> tourism within the next two to three years will grow from 7 million to 15 million. there will be 100% increase. >> reporter: tour operators insist india has more destinations to visit than anywhere else in the world.
but nearly nine times as many tourists visited china than they did india. extending the electronic visa isn't just about providing the tourism industry with a boost, the government also wants to strengthen ties economically, strategically, and politically. this man says india isn't a priority destination for global travellers. >> it is still lacking attractivety because of the rape cases, because of the impression that there is a lot of terrorism here in india, potential. >> reporter: the government says it is working hard to fix the image. but it may be some time yet before more tourists take interest. stay with us here on al jazeera, we have another full
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