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>> i know what i can do. >> i look forward to seeing more of your work. thank >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello from doha everyone. this is the news hour on al jazeera. government troops are forced out of a town in eastern ukraine after an assault by pro-russian rebels. also a state of emergency in myanmar, after an attack on a red cross convoy. egypt wants more support from the united states after striking isil-linked fighters in
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libya. all of that plus. >> i'm phil lavelle, we're now into oscars week and many here are asking where are hollywood's missing latinos. ♪ so the ukrainian town of debaltseve has seen weeks of intense fighting but it has now fallen to the pro-russian separatists. the ukrainian troops started leaving debaltseve early on wednesday. the separatists said that pushed ukrainian troops out of that key town. but before heading to meet the soldiers, they described the withdraw as having been done in a planned and peaceful way. >> translator: today we have taken new defensive line and talked to leaders of the united states and the european
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union. we demanded a hard response to the violation of the ceasefire deal by russia. we will prepare organized and coordinated actions. now i'm going to the front line to meet those who left debaltseve, and i have a high honor to meet them and shake their hands. >> there you go they are really talking up the ukrainian position. debaltseve is at the intersection of two major highways that link these areas of luhansk and donetsk. also it is a rail hub. paul brennan has sent us a report. have a look. >> reporter: we're at check points about five kilometers to the southwest of the town of debaltseve, and this is as far as we'll being allowed to go. the soldiers are perfectly
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friendly, but they are not allowing us beyond this point. the reason why is they say there are ukrainian forces still defending their positions even now. that said the main fighting appears to have finished. we have been here for several hours now, and when we first arrived, there was a significant artillery and tank barrage underway. we saw tanks firing shells in the general direction of the ukrainian positions in that way, and still here we have got tanks and various armor, two tanks over there, armor here on a full state of alert, they are very much aware that this is a front-line town. as far as the situation inside debaltseve goes we're still getting conflicting reports from both sides, the pro-russians say that are effectively in total control, what the ukrainian president has said is around 80% of the ukrainian forces who were
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holding debaltseve have now withdrawn and that the rest of the troops who are still there are in the process of withdrawing. it's a bloody nose frankly for the ukrainian military. debaltseve was an important strategic hub that they desperately wanted to keep hold of, but in the weight of numbers they have waged against them and the armor we have seen firing into the town the defense of the town was not tenable anymore. >> so what happens now? apparently a phone call conference call. awkward to say the least, and vladimir -- well go ahead. talk to us about it. >> reporter: i was going to say that is exactly what is going to happen later on this evening. it was the same people who were talking together in minsk just last week. i would wager there is going to be one very happy caller on the
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discussion, that is going to be vladimir putin. three not so happy ones the other three leaders. the fall of debaltseve is exactly what russia and the separatists have wanted for weeks now. the rebels had had it in circles in the run-up to the minsk negotiations. we know in those discussions, vladimir putin had said to petro poroshenko, your troops are surrounded. let them go. surrender debaltseve to the separatists, and we can declare a ceasefire. petro poroshenko would say that is not the case. my troops are fine. from what we have said today, petro pore shanco was either trying to bluff his way out of that or he was severely mistaken. the rebels have taken one of
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their key strategic goals, and the ukrainians particularly petro poroshenko is looking at a very humiliating loss. >> the minsk ceasefire, when events like this happen what does this mean for the, quote unquote, ceasefire? >> reporter: well that is a big question, because it all depends on whether the rebels will be satisfied with debaltseve. they have said that they have started to pull their heavy artillery back in accordance with the minsk agreement in quieter areas of the front line. there has been a raising of the flag of debaltseve. it -- it is going to have -- we're going to have to wait and see, it remains to be seen whether they are going to keep on pushing for any further grounds, particularly in the south, or whether they are now going to do what the minsk peace
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plan required and withdrawal their heavy weaponry so the proper political settlement can start to take effect. and the other thing to watch out for is what poroshenko's response is going to be to this. because he said if the ceasefire fails, then i'm going to call marshall law across all of ukraine. >> thank you for that rory. myanmar's president has declared a state of emergency, after an attack on a red cross convoy there. government troops tried to drive out the mmdaa rebels. the rebels say they are fighting for the rights of the haan chinese minority who run a largely autonomous strip of land on the border with china. it appears to be triggered from the run of the leader from exile
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in china. in 2009 they forced the rebel's leader and tens of thousands to take refuge in china. >> reporter: a barrage of bullets brings this red cross vehicle to an abrupt halt. it was part of the convoy attacked on tuesday where a new waive of fighting has broken out. >> unless there is a ceasefire called, there will be more attacks. in the resistance experience red cross trucks have been used by the burma army to attack the resistance. >> reporter: two red cross volunteer workers were injured. one suffered head injuries the other injuries to the abdomen. the president of the myanmar red
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cross released a statement saying: the humanitarian situation that is emerging from the violence is similar to that of five years ago when thousands of ethnic chinese residents fled the province, many taking refuge in china. now some 30,000 refugees have reportedly made the same trek after recent fighting. china is calling for dialogue. >> translator: we want to use this opportunity to once again call on all sides involved in clashes in myanmar to exercise restraint and avoid the situation escalating any further, to ensure peace and stability of the border and especially to avoid affecting security on the chinese side. >> reporter: but now three months of marshall law is being immosted by myanmar's
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government, a sign that the fighting is not expected to end any time soon. now at least one person is dead after a suicide bomber attack in afghanistan. this was in kandahar city in the southern region. a spokesperson said the suicide bomber targeted a military vehicle, eight more people were also wounded in that attack. plenty more ahead on this news hour for you. including the u.s. government tries a new strategy to stop young americans being recruited by isil. security on a shoe string why yemen's coast guard is struggling to control the situation for the whole of africa. and we'll find out if afghanistan saw their team win in the world cup debut. that's coming up later on. ♪ now the syrian observatory
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for human rights says at least 150 people have been killed since tuesday during fighting in and around the city of aleppo. earlier the u.n. envoy to syria, announced the syrian government is willing to temporarily suspend air strikes on aleppo. the city is divided between the two sides. it is syria's biggest city and was once a financial hub. syria's government says it will decide when to suspend the bombing in the ancient city though. but they describe the move as a reason for hope. >> the government of syria has indicated to me its willingness to halt all area bombing. all sorts, all types of aerial
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bombing, and artillery shelling for a period of six weeks all over the city of aleppo, from a date which we will be announcing from damascus. i plan therefore to proceed to both damascus and hopefully aleppo as soon as possible. the u.n. security council is to hold an emergency session on the crisis in libya in a few hour's time. the same time that egypt said it carried out air strikes in response to the beheading of 21 egyptian christians. victoria gatenby has our report. >> reporter: these pictures are from a hospital. witnesses say this boy was fatally wounded during air strikes by the egyptian military. his sister was severely injured. some egyptian commentators have
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disputed whether the kids died in air strikes. >> translator: this is strong evidence of the conspiracy lying and fabrication against egypt. >> reporter: hospital staff say that account of events is a lie. >> translator: we stopped recitation on this bench. everything happened here. where they say the suffocation took place elsewhere. the children were here and the man with them is [ inaudible ] from the [ inaudible ] department. >> reporter: the egyptian government said the air strikes hit camps of isil-affiliated groups. egypt says the military campaign was launched in retaliation for the beheading of 21 egyptian christians. but witnesses say several civilians were killed in the air strikes. >> translator: there was no military presence here. just familiar list lived here. the mother and their children were all killed. there was a gentlemen who was also killed.
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there were about eight killed in the neighborhood. in addition to four who are still seriously injured. >> reporter: the tripoli based government says egypt is trying to run away from its own earn tenial crisis by exporting his problems to libya. >> translator: we call upon the european union and african union to launch an investigation, because this is a clear violation of libyan sovereignty. >> reporter: egypt is calling for u.n. resolution. france and italy will also campaigning for an international response. they are worried if left unchecked, fighting groups link linked to isil could be on europe's doorstep. as men as 150 united states citizens have tried to leave the
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united states to fight with isil. the white house has invited leaders from communities to present pilot programs already in place. let's go to washington. check in with patty culhane. tell us about this summit. >> reporter: and if you'll excuse the deeping in the background, they are clearing the four inches of snow that they got a couple of days ago, of course. but one of the problems with this summit one of the things the white house hopes to overcome is this feeling of mistrust between muslim communities and the federal government. we have seen outreach before that actually turned out to be intelligence gathering. kimberly traveled to one of the cities being highlighted to take a look at the issue. >> reporter: this woman fled
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somaliia, her only goal was to flee the conflict. but now she worries that she and others are being targeted by isil-recruitment videos. >> we are most vulnerable because we have enemy -- i can't call anything else other than enemy, waiting for our kids to take. >> reporter: the fear that the children in this community will leave to fight with isil is real. since july 7th people have left to travel to syria, and have since been charge. the obama administration has launched a pilot program aimed to stop the recruitment of what it calls at-risk youth. the attorney of minnesota says they will address issues that make young people feel isolated
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and vulnerable. >> there is a feeling of identity crisis. the community wants to address it. and we're there to help. >> reporter: the program has its critics, though who fear it will lead to mass surveillance as in the past. 2008 teenagers were recruited by al-shabab, but a government program designed to help them was also gathering intelligence. >> in their internal documents they -- they made very clear that one purpose of this outreach was to collect information about the community. >> reporter: after holding dozens of meetings with ammons and youth leaders, andy says this is different. >> we have a problem and we are going to solve it together.
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>> i don't appear at it bringing the spotlight on the community. share the blame where the bad guys do what they want to do and get away and we are the ones who are going to get the label or the sticker or the name for it. >> reporter: and she says as long as there is stigma there will also be suspicion about government-run community programs. >> let's go back to patty culhane in washington. it seems to me that semantics are important, because the white house must be careful not to get in to muslim extremism. >> exactly. and they have been pushed to call it islamic extremism, but
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they won't. they are only talking to muslim communities. the day started with muslim prayer. so why not call it islamic extremism. here at home they face quite a bit of domestic criticism from religious organizations, and they say calling it that would highlight islamaphobia. the obama says by labeling it that they fear it would give them that propaganda tool. >> thank you, patty. yemen offers an escape route for migrants. the counting try is already
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struggling to cope with his own problems, the poorly funded coast guard is overwhelmed making it easier to traffic migrants across the sea. >> reporter: the gulf passive for smugglers and migrants but also a potential death trap for thousands of people flees africa in search for a better life. in these waters at least 246 people have died in the last year alone, as they tried to reach yemen in flimsy boats not made to weather the high seas. with their limited resources. authorities patrol the waters. though the coastline is more than 2,400 kilometers long making their job almost impossible. the united nations says that 2014 witnessed the highest number of migrants making the journey across these waters. some 91,000 risked their lives.
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the challenges faced by yemen's coast card range from pry aresy to a huge lack of resources. and that's what makes their job so difficult. >> translator: we have a shortage of many things but the most important equipment we need are bigger and better boats to patrol the sea for longer than four days at a time. we also need spare parts for our current fleet, because much of it needs servicing. >> reporter: a group of ethiopians are being held here. they came to yemen with nothing. this man tells me this is the ninth time he has made the journey. each time he comes, he is sent back. the united nations refugee agency says that while those coming from somali are treated as refugees and housed in yemen, little is being done to help
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those coming from ethiopia. they are not afforded the same help. >> most of the migrants use smuggling routes and they -- they become also victims of trafficking. we have recorded cases when on the arrival of the migrants they were abducted beaten or tortured by trafficking workers, for the purpose of exporting money from the migrants. >> reporter: yemen's coast guard operates using old and derelict equipment, but they say they are doing their best not only to safeguard the waters but also to save the lives of those trying to enter illegally. but for many of those who do make it here alive, theirs continues to be a life of misery and hardship. we're getting reports of 30 civilians being killed following
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an air strike near nigeria's border with niger. nigeria, long with chad and cameroon are carrying out an offensive against boko haram. those who have stayed behind are struggling to keep their businesses alive. >> reporter: this is what many streets look like after five years of attacks by boko haram. hardly any new jobs are created these days and many of the existing ones are disappearing. this man is forced to live apart from his wife and four children. now he may lose his job as an mechanic. >> translator: nothing makes sense in this city anymore. i used to earn the equivalent of
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$50 in two to three hours take care of my family and apprentices. some days i go home with empty pockets. many resort to taking taxis or tricycles, this means most of us go hungry. >> reporter: for joseph a degree is not an option. people from this part of nigeria are often accused of belonging to boko haram, so he's not sure how he will be treated elsewhere. a lot of businesses in the city are threatened. this is the biggest market here. over the past year it has been attacked by boko haram at least five times. business has been tough this year but despite the constant threat they insist on keeping the market open. but many stores remain closed because of lack of business. also those that are open few customers come to buy. this man hasn't sold a bag in
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five days. >> you know, most of the customers are coming from chad niger, and cameroon but we don't see them now. because most of the people don't come with anything. >> reporter: what means? the supplies in this store will continue to gather dust until normalcy returns. for joseph the day has been a good one. he made about $6 in 9 hours. it isn't much but enough to buy a few supplies that will make his family happy, but he is not sure when he will make that much again. thousands of people here often go to sleep less fortunate, and despite their situation, they chose to stay. still ahead this news hour the cost of conflict in afghanistan. the number of civilian casualties has reached its
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highest level in five years. >> translator: people look at me as if i'm not french. >> reporter: life on the fringes, why muslims in france feel they are under growing scrutiny. and christiano aiming to return to champions league action. ♪ >> protestors are gathering...
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i want to take you back to our top story. the latest develops in eastern ukraine. we're going to talk to a russian defense analyst joining us from moscow today. thank you for your time sir. i asked our correspondent earlier, we used the term minsk ceasefire, is it even there anymore? when events like this are happening, can we even say there is a ceasefire? >> well there is a kind of pause in the fighting in most parts of the front line in the donetsk region of eastern ukraine, only more in debaltseve and there is fighting and shelling around the port city of mariupol. but the ceasefire of sorts is going to hold i believe, because right now the time for a winter campaign is more or less over, as spring is coming in those parts, and that means moving tanks through the fields
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will be problematic, and i believe at least for a couple of months, we should have some kind of lull in the fighting though most likely not a ceasefire or a peace -- >> that's what i was going to ask you, will any lull in fighting, if it does happen give the politicians a chance to sort something out? there is going to be a conference phone call this evening between four of the major players here. but if they stop fighting could they achieve something politically? >> well moscow and the promoscow rebels in debaltseve are quite clear on what they believe a political settlement could look like. they want and moscow wants a real constitutional change of government in kiev. they want ukraine to renew its pledge to be a non-allied
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country. transform into some kind of confederation, where the prerussian kind of -- transfer into some sort of bosnia where the russian-speaking provinces will have a controlling state on the central government. >> right. so that brings me back to where to take the political stalemate from here. there are demands which both sides are not going to be interested in. >> that has been moscow's strategic objective from the beginning, to impose a different regime in kiev. what is happening around debaltseve is an attempt -- it's not so much a military operation, though it is of course military, but it's main objective is to humiliate the ukrainians, cause a political crisis in kiev and hopefully a
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change in regime there. russia is going to keep on the pressure, the military pressure economic pressure political pressure, to change ukraine back -- turn it back into a sort of russia ant, make it a pro-russian state controllable from moscow. before that is achieved there will be no peace. there is going to be some kind of creeping conflict continuing in those parts. >> thank you for your thoughts. thank you for joining us on the news hour russia is fast growing out of friends in the european union. hungary, though is an exception. president vladimir putin has just visited budapest to propose a new gas deal. >> reporter: vladimir putin is not welcomed in most european
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capitols, but in budapest he was treated like an old friend. the prime minister hailed his visit as a success for hungary, the two reached agreements on gas and other deals, and president putin, hinted that if only europe was willing, more cheap russian gas could come its way. >> translator: if no one hinders us, then we can implement to turkey. we can use an agreement to join hungary with serbia and other partners. >> reporter: this visit has not gone unnoticed, there are critical voices in europe that say that victor is talking to the wrong guy. vladimir putin has just had more of his officials sanctioned by the e.u. over ukraine and the argument goes that he is trying to tie countries like hungary into energy dependency and that it's a strategy to divide europe.
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>> reporter: to make that point, some 2,000 people protested on the eve of the visit, to show solidarity with ukraine. hungary's disrupted gas supplies to its struggling neighbor. they are also unhappy about bans on domestic policies. >> i do not like the direction that hungary is taking becoming friends with putin, and taking on his ideas. >> reporter: but mr. putin has shown while the e.u. is looking for a unified front, he still has allies in europe and hungary's government says it is simply doing what is best for hungary. greece says it will ask the euro zone for an extension on its debt agreement. >> reporter: the heart of the
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factory is still beating, but only just. this rolling door maker has lost 90% of its precrisis business, the collapse of the construction industry has bankrupted its clients, and with them have gone $2 million opened to this company. and this company in turn owes $9 million to banks it cannot pay. >> translator: i have been working in this factory since i was 18. banks have played a big role but suddenly we're back to where we started and we're all alone, so rather than wait to die, we decided to attack. >> reporter: and this is the attack. a lawsuit representing more than $2 billion of bank debt. they have formed a civic action group that wants banks to
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discount their debt to 70%. >> translator: banks cannot ask debtors to pay loan installments, nor can they auction off collateral. it is going to take 20 years to come to trial. and we say do you want to wait 20 years? >> reporter: banks were supposed to finance a turn around of this economy. they are decreasingly able to do so. depositors withdrew more than $17 billion in recent months afraid that greece may be forced out of the euro zone. if they lee, the european central bank would stop supporting its banking system. >> what is looming over greek
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banks is a liquidity crisis. if the country does not resolve the liquidity issue, it will become a big problem. the bankers are -- are scared. >> reporter: individual greeks are caught in the trap the lack of money and jobs fuelling each other. the united states says the number of civilians killed or wounded in afghanistan is at its highest level in five years, and it adds most of those casualties are killed by the taliban. nicole johnston has more from kabul. >> reporter: every hour this man is rolled over his father keeps an anxious vigil. he is 14, and was paralyzed from the waist down when he was shot
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during a taliban ambush of local officials. >> translator: it has been seven months like this. i blame the taliban. the poor are suffering. i don't have anyone. just another small son and a wife. there's no one here who knows our situation. >> reporter: when he arrived at this hospital in kabul, he had a bed sore the size of a man's fist. he's now recovering day by day. last year was a terrible year for afghan civilians. the u.n. assistance mission in afghanistan says almost 3,700 civilians were killed. up 25% on the previous year. the number of child casualties increased by 40%. >> 2014 was the worst year we have had in terms of casualtyies. we notice an increase of usage
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of i ed that are improvised explosive devices, that are very dangerous and creating a lot of damage. >> reporter: last year almost all foreign troops withdrew from afghanistan, now the afghan government is fighting against the taliban on its own. a large part of the increase in civilian casualties is being blamed on the withdraw of the international forces. there's less air support, and that means that the fighting on the ground has become much wider and is lasting for longer. the u.n. says the number of deaths and injuries caused by ground operations has increased by more than 50% in 12 months. >> we have seen increased ground fighting between the insurgents and the afghan forces. both parties making offensive ground operations and defensive ground operations in and around often district centers. >> reporter: this man was
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travelling with his family in a mini van when it was hit by an improvised explosive device. if he is lucky he should be able to walk again in another six months. nicole johnston al jazeera, kabul. last month's attacks in paris reignited the debate over racial and cultural divisions in france. the government has promised to do more to heal those divides, but as neave barker reports, many young muslims feel they are under increased scrutiny. >> reporter: this man was once an inmate at guantanamo bay. now he's a peace activist. a month after the killings in paris, many people are asking how three young men born and raced in france could turn to violence. the journey from france to training camp in afghanistan happened all too quickly. >> translator: there are several reasons people become
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radicalized. it could be low self-esteem or a future calling. they can't imagine a future here in france. >> reporter: it's here in the country's unforgiving city suburbs that the government wants to make a difference. in this neighborhood three years ago, this 23-year-old planned a series of deadly attacks on french soldiers and jewish civilians. this tough district sits on the outskirts of town. and some people here also feel like they are living on the fringes of french society. issues of race and religion come head-to-head with high levels of crime and poverty. and after the paris attacks locals feel under increased scrutiny. >> translator: i live here. i feel french. but people look at me as if i'm not. >> translator: how are muslims
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supposed to integrate. do they have to be like everyone else? we're in a dictatorship, not a secular state. >> translator: there are some days i just don't want to leave my house. i work in the market and then i just want to go home. people want to put us all in the same basket as if we were all to blame for the attacks. >> reporter: at the nearby mosque the local ammon is vary. >> translator: we have been victims for a long time. here we don't know of any young people who want to go abroad to fight, but if they are thinking about it they are going to be very discrete. >> reporter: many here believe a sense of unity will only come with a greater sense of equality. neave barker al jazeera. the chelsea football club has condemned a video which showed its fans behaving in a racist manner on the paris metro. the footage shows the teams
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supporters singing racist songs and preventing a black man from boarding the train. it took place before a champions league match in the city. let's talk to lee wellings about this. how has chelsea reacted to it lee? >> reporter: chelsea football club reacted very quickly. they knew they would have to do something, knew their reputation was on the line. it's a club that have had some problems on the field in the past with allegations a few years back over their captain and something that was said on the field. so they are quite sensitive to it. they actually do a lot of work around this area and they knew they had to do something quickly. their statement said such behavior is abhorrent, and they
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said they will support any criminal action against those involved. they are looking at potential banning orders if particularly season ticket holders are proved to be involved in this and it's something that chelsea feel very strongly about want to take that action. want to find who is responsible, and of course they are working with police in britain and france. >> here is the thing, know lee, it is happening on a train in paris. it's not happening at stanford bridge in fulham how do clubs like chelsea deal with things that don't happen within their jurisdiction as it were. >> reporter: it is very very difficult for them because as you say, there are football supporters all over europe and the world traveling to matches. incidents can happen. it is quite clear that these people support chelsea football club. so chelsea needs to takenership
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of it. but if something happens inside of a football stadium, it's not just chelsea that can happen it's the governing bodies that can do something about it. they can ban people. and play matches in front of empty stadiums. if it is happening outside of the ground it's really difficult. so what we all need to see is the football club taking responsibility. which chelsea have and crucially working with the police. because on social media people want justice straight away but they have to go through the right procedures, and make sure things are done properly. and chelsea are sensitive to that. >> lee wellings thank you. more sport to come after the break with andy including this. >> now i know the finish is near, then i can finally have a hot shower and a warm bed. >> that is the winner of the
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yukon ultra arctic marathon. we'll get to him and the rest of sport in a moment.
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♪ in hollywood, the countdown is on for this year's oscars but as the red carpet is rolled out, the latin american community feel they have been left out. >> reporter: latino stars are much harder to find here. latinos view more movies than
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any other ethnic group in the country. three-quarters say they go to the cinema at least once month, and account for a quarter of all cinema sales in this country. but it appears this place does not reciprocate that affection. on an average year more than three-quarters of speaking roles go to white actors. as for latino talent try nearer 4%. considering latinos now make up a pretty significant part of this country's population 17%, it does beg one question what is hollywood's problem? >> they are too white. >> reporter: that is the verdict from this long time theater director who says stereo types are very much to blame. the executives the only relationship they have is to their maids and maybe their
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gardner. >> reporter: and diana knows all about that. >> gang members, drug dealers, played at lot of hookers, and then the maid or the servant. we don't exist in television and film. we are one out of six americans in the united states. we're the largest minority. we outnumber blacks and yet you look at film and television and you do not see latinos. >> reporter: but there are some success stories. case in point. she wrote the hit movie "real women have curves." >> it's sad to be the loser in somebody else's story. i get to be the servant, and i teach people to say, no challenge that story that you live in. it takes so much dignity to be who we are, because in someone
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else's story we are the loser, and i'm going to show you i'm the winner. >> reporter: some for the red carpet is calling, but for many more it remains a dream. andy richardson is here to talk sport, and you apparently borrowed one of my ties today. >> not borrowed stolen. >> we have had a lot of news from afghanistan in this news hour, and this is good news now. >> it is. they made the debut in the cricket world cup. it didn't go quite as well as they would have liked. taking on bangladesh in australia, but bangladesh finished up as comfortable winners. ♪ >> reporter: the afghanistan national anthem played the
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cricket world cup for the first time. they took four early wickets. but bangladesh rallied thanks to a 114 partnership. both players managed to get a half century to help them post 267. afghanistan beat bangladesh in their one previous meeting in this format but in this match, they were quickly 3 for 3. the captain would be their top scorer with 44. in the end afghanistan were bowled all out for 162, to lose by 105 runs. >> i genuinely don't think they were up for the fight right from ball one. that's a criticism that i'm going to talk to the players now. i just want us to be better prepared mentally and better on our feet when they first go in.
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>> we need a really good win. and that had been done so i think it's not an easy win, but it's a comprehensive win. in that case it's a really great feeling. >> reporter: richard parr al-kaz. england's world cup campaign already has a number of problems. they were heavily beaten by australia in their first game. and the captain facing a few unwanted questions. he has failed to score in four of his last five innings. >> i think the fact that i have been through bad patches before has helped and reengaging in the belief you need to have in that determination and your training. probably gives me more confidence than if it was my first time going through a bad run. darren clark has been named as the captain for the european
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ryder cup. former champion clark won the title four times as a player and he will be leading a team that has won six of the last seven matches. next year's event will be held in minnesota with davis expected to be named the third u.s. captain next week. two more matches up in the champions league. real are in germany. renaldo is experiencing a bit of a slump, he hasn't scored in his last three games. >> we were out here last year with a dream to win the champions league. we are here this year and we have the same dream. so history say that it will be really difficult or almost impossible, but we have to try. >> reporter: raphael nadal is
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back on his winning surface. on the clay of rio, the world number 3 beat brazil's thomas ballouchy here. defending champion venus williams is out of the championships. another early loser in dubai. now the man who admitted to supplying illegal drugs to high profile baseball players has been sentenced to four years in u.s. prison. he is the former owner of a clinic that gave banned substances to players including alex rodriguez. he also provided performance-enhancing drugs to high school players. competitors have finally started to cross the finish line on the yukon arctic marathon.
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daniel lak was at the finish line near dawson city. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: so there you have it the finisher first place in the foot section of this race. he is from italy, and just at the very last minute a bit of drama here. one of the mountain bikers peter felton of germany actually came along and waited for the winner and crossed at the same time as him. they have come a remarkable distance. it's a finish at night, and there are more people out on the trail, but for now everyone is celebrating this finish. >> congratulations my friend. >> reporter: this remarkable man has lead this race throughout. and he has come more than 690 kilometers in less than ten days. that is incredible. this was a race that was not
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actually finished before 2009. now people are doing it in less than ten days. when i asked him earlier, whether or not the felt good about it, well he was a little bit unconcerned. >> i wouldn't say i'm an athlete. i'm a normal person. but i know that the finish is near then i can finally have a hot shower and a warm bed. >> reporter: that's probably the thought that keeps almost anyone who is still in this race going, about ten people still heading for the finish line roughly. mountain biker has already finished. we await the first cross country skier. those will be the top athletes in their categories but simply finishing this event is victory in and of itself. england beats new zealand on friday. >> okay. thank you, andy. we're back with another full bulletin of news in just a
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