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world cup to the winter months. ♪ fighters from the islamic state of iraq and the levant have kidnapped at least 90 people from christian villages in the northeast of syria. the syrian observatory for human rights says the villages were attacked on monday morning. a head says they are working to find the missing people but have had no luck so far. >> translator: until now we haven't been able to contact any of the hostages. as i said 90 to 150 people were kidnapped and two are missing, so we think they have been killed. >> zana hoda is following this story in beirut. what is the latest? >> reporter: the christian syrian community is appealing for help.
they do not know the fate of these 90 people that you mentioned. they pushed into christian villages in a province in the northeast of syria. what we understand is that there was heavy fighting many syrian christians managed to flee but's ill managed to capture at least 90 people. we have been in touch for the syrian observatory for human rights, and they still don't know, really how many of the 90 are women and children. is there have been reports that among them are women and children. this has happened across the border in this iraq. we ah isil attack christians in mosul. we also saw them target the minority yazidis community in northwest iraq so right now the community is worried about the fate of these 90 people appealing for help.
it's not clear whether the u.s.-lead coalition will be able to help them because these people could be useded a human shields by isil. there are about 100 million christians persecuted across the world. iraq and syria are the most dangerous countries in the middle east for christians. more than 70% of iraq's christian population have fled since 2003. and more than 140,000 christians have been forced to flee. since syria's civil war began in 2011, 700,000 christians have been forced from their homes. let's speak to the executive editor of the worldwide monitor, which reports on the persecution of christians around the world. this isn't just a phenomenon linked to isil. the last six months, a year or so, many christian communities
in syria and iraq have been suffering persecution and discrimination for years haven't they? >> they have indeed and unfortunately the pace of it seems to be increasing, as one of your news headlines pointed out. there's been continuing attacks and violence in northeast nigeria for many years and of course nigeria is coming up to an election next month where the current president who is a christian is running, and nigeria has a fault line between christianity and islam running right through the middle of the country. so it's happening in other parts of the world, but particularly the middle east is one of the most dangerous areas. >> who are the syrian christians? how did they come to be? >> well they have been there for thousands of years, and there are very ancient churches. they use the language of jesus, some of them some of the most
ancient churches. so this particular group, there are 35 villages and they are christians who originate from iraq, and fled across the border into syria, when there was a massacre there. some of them still don't consider themselves to be at home in this part of syria, some of them refer to wanting to return back to iraq but they have been there about 80, 90 years, some of them see themselves as temporary inhabitants, so they think of themselves as temporarily there. but obviously as we have heard, yesterday there was a raid on a string of these villages. >> we know that a group that says it is assigned to isil beheaded a group of christians in libya recently. what is the significance of such a large assault on these people in syria? >> well as you know
the -- what happens to christians often particularly from isil is that they give them three choice convert to islam, pay a tax that dates right back to the earliest days of islam, or die, and as we know those 21 christians in libya from egypt working as laborers. they refused to convert and they were beheaded for their faith. they were chanting in the name of jesus as they were beheaded. so it's a very, very difficult one and as we heard today, isil has used the world crusader in their attack on these villages in the same way they used the word crusader in the video they circulated last week about the egyptian christians. so that's really worrying for christians because they have a right to be in that part of the world. it's not a western religion it
was founded and born in the middle east. >> julia thank you very much. ten people have been killed 12 injured in the iraqi city of fallujah. there was heavy shelling by think iraqi army. they have been trying to drive isil forces out of fallujah for more than a year now. isil forces seized large parts of a town. but on monday iraqi forces were reportedly said to secure the area. the head of the anbar provincial council, said they also recaptured the police center. isil has released a video online that appears to show them fighting iraqi troops. israeli forces have shot dead a teenager in the occupied west bank. he was shot in the chest in a refugee camp.
witnesses say he was on the roof of his home when he was killed. al jazeera's investigative unit has been given leaked documents which show how the united states put pressure on the palestinian leadership over its bid for u.n. membership. it is also revealed that the cia tried to establish contacted with hamas, despite an official ban. clayton swisher has our excuse report. ♪ the spy cables show us just how the u.s. royal, -- israel and the palestinian authority play political games with each other. >> the conference has voted to admit palestine as member of unesco. >> reporter: the president has sought wider u.n. recognition ever since. what the cables illustrate how
the americans and israelis fight that policy to the highest levels. one 2012 cable reveals a secret phone call from the white house to the palestinian leader. president obama threatened abbas if he went ahead with the bid. a secret cable reveals a cia operative in east jerusalem asked his south african counterpart to put them in touch with hamas. so in other words, they would know what the cia is up to. meanwhile in 2009, south
africa's spy chief gets a direct phone call from assad boss. he is shocked at the breach of protocol and orders his staff to verify the number. later a meeting. he wants south africa to vote down the goldstone report. a u.n. fact-minding mission after the south african war. crucially the report said israel has committed numerous war crimes. he says the palestinian leader supports the position. according to the top man, he thought voting in favor of the goldstone report would weaken his position. this shows how they are privately forming clandestine
relationships you would never know about in public. >> you can read more on our exclusive website, aljazeera.com/spy cables. and tell us what you think on twitter, use the hashtag spycables. yemen's president has retracted his resignation. he stepped down last month after houthi rebels seized the presidential palace in sana'a. the rebel group says he is wanted for justice after fleeing to the southern city. we are joined now from sana'a with the latest information on the country's humanitarian situation. good to have you with us sir. hardly a day goes by without us hearing about political situations, and the security situation in the country since the 2011 revolution but what is
the humanitarian situation right now in yemen? >> thank you, first of all for providing this opportunity to talk about the humanitarian situation. i think the tragedy of yemen is very often that the scale and the severity of the humanitarian situation is forgotten. there are -- we estimate that there are close to 50.9 million people who have some form of humanitarian need in yemen. what we saw after the revolution in 2011 is many basic services collapsed. that means people are without access to basic health care and more than 30 million people are without access to water or sanitation. it also means that more than 10 million people are food insecure, out of which nearly half are severely food insecure in other words searching for their next meal every day. it has also affected women in children in particular and what
we are seeing is that yemen has one of the highest rates of malnutrition outside of afghanistan, where close to half of children under five severely -- excuse me -- acutely malnourished. >> women and children are most vulnerable for something like malnutrition? >> that's -- that's correct. >> so in terms of the try's basic infrastructure at the moment obviously food is not getting to where it's needed. people are poor. what about water, electricity, that sort of thing? >> well i can't so much about electricity. that's a little bit outside of the humanitarian realm. but in terms of water, water is a problem at present. as i said more than 13 million people are without access to safe drinking water, or improved sanitation, and i think unfortunately this is a problem with global warming that will
continue to increase in the future. of course what we are seeing is that a lot of water that could be useded for human consumption is diverted into production of [ inaudible ]. >> what sort of aide is your organization able to provide there, and how do you fund that aid? in >> well we coordinate the aid assistance to yemen, and what we are aiming to do this year is to meet the needs of 8.2 of the severely affected people in yemen, and in order for us to do this we are asking for $746 million from member states of the united nations. last year we had a similar program, where we tried to reach 7.7 million people and we only
managed to raise 57% of the resources that were needed to meet those needs. >> why is that? why aren't donor nations coming up with the cash with so many people in such dire need? >> that's a very good question, and i think unfortunately what we saw last year was almost an unprecedented level of humanitarian need across the globe. >> there i'm afraid we will leave it -- we have to leave it. many thanks indeed. the u.n. office for the coordination of humanitarian aid in yemen. a french woman and her driver have been kidnapped in the yemeni capitol. the woman was working for an international organization. still to come here on the news hour we'll be live in paris where diplomats will tell both
sides in eastern ukraine to put down their arms. and how will greece's reform plan be received at home? and a record hole at the world cup. the delabel -- details later with jo in sport. ♪ a bomb has exploded in northeastern nigeria, police say 12 people have been killed 35 others wounded. it happened at a bus station. that is the second attack there in the last few days. let's now go to the capitol, to learn more. ivan. >> reporter: that's right adrian, but before we move on the what went on we're now getting reports of a possible second bomb explosion in the city of carno, just up north,
not too far away from here. two or 3 hour's drive. we're still trying to verify exactly what happened to bring you more information. but varying reports of what went on today. apparently an individual was seen boarding a bus, and that bus shortly afterwards exploded. another eyewitness is talking about a device possibly hidden in a bag at the bus station which went off. the death toll numbers coming in from the chief police officer in the state, but so far no more information than that from the authorities in the area. that includes the military and the state emergency management authority. >> the presidential elections postponed until later in march, the 28th of march. i mean this is pretty disconcerting, isn't it? these concerns about security
that are ongoing? >> reporter: well that's right. and not too long ago, president goodluck jonathan did say that there would be a significant reduction in the capacity of boko haram to strike within the next three to four weeks. he promised nigerians that within the next three to four weeks the strength of boko haram would be significantly diminished. and in the last few days we have reported ourselves almost day in and day out the nigerian military is retaking towns that were controlled by boko haram where there was a high prevalence of the group. what they say is that it's an ongoing battle. this is a war on terrorism. it affects many countries, not just nigeria, and they can't guard against the kinds of events that we're reporting now. this attack and possibly another attack we're hearing in carno, but when you talk to those
unhappy with the government's performance, they say this shows the incompetence of the security services where millions even billions of dollars have been spent trying to fight boko haram, they are still not getting the result. >> ivan many thanks. thrive in abu ja. a district in sierra leone's capitol has been quarantined after new cases of ebola have emerged. six cases were diagnosed there last week. frantic diplomatic talks are going on in paris right now as the cracks widen in ukraine's shaky ceasefire. both sides are being urged to respect a ceasefire and withdraw heavy weapons from the front line. peter sharp is there a sense of desperation as these talks? >> reporter: i think what the french foreign minister did was
to confirm what everyone had been imagining was happening out there. the ceasefire simply wasn't holding. he said there are fundamental parts of the ceasefire that weren't being respected. he spoke first of all of the heavy fighting that was going on in some parts of eastern ukraine, under the ceasefire that was signed on the 12th of this month and implemented on the 15th. combat units should have withdrawn from their front line positions, but there has been heavy fighting. that fighting has been in the words of the foreign minister extremely heavy, and at the same time, he said that there has been no agreement on moving the heavy artillery pieces out to safer areas. it was the primary clause in this -- in the ceasefire that
these weapons should be moved as far as 70 kilometers out from the conflict zone to give the civilians some sort of sense of security. well that hasn't happened, and they are calling for that to be implemented as soon as possible. but all four parties, including russia too have agreed that the mandate of the osce must be extended. the mandate was going to expire in march, and this is the unit on the ground the monitors on the ground that try to implement the peace process. they need -- he said -- they need reinforcing. they need more staff. and they need more financing. he was calling directly on the proseparatists rebels to allow them into the area so they can begin this absolutely crucial job of monitoring. >> apart from making calls like that, apart from urging all sides to respect the ceasefire is there anything else that these diplomats can do?
>> reporter: there's very little. i mean when you are looking at -- these are foreign ministers, when something happens, an agreement is made it is usually done when the big guns are present. putin and poroshenko and merkel and hollande they stayed up through the night and came up with this. but it just simply is not translating from a document that was calling for peace in the area to something that is actually making much -- much difference. it's a frustrating task. i think they are really putting a lot of faith now, if they can boost the osce team and get the cooperation of the separatists rebels to allow them into these areas, and move the big guns away from the area i think that's a start. >> peter sharpe many thanks indeed. on the line now is paul brennan.
paul what is the situation on the ground right now? this >> reporter: the osce as peter says has spoken about the ceasefire largely holding in large areas, apart from critical strategic points and one of them is close to where i am now, mariupol. the front line is at a village, and we have been out there this afternoon at about a kilometer short of the front line and we heard almost constant sounds of tank fire shelling and even at one point, we heard the sound of a heavy machine gun being fireded. where we were the ukrainian forces were digging a second line of defense. so behind the front lines, a second set of trenches were being constructed in order to repel any advance by separatists pro-russian, russian-backed forces. because the feeling of the soldiers on the ground is that the separatists forces are not
abiding by the ceasefire. i spoke to one ukrainian soldier who said the fight simply wasn't fair. he said his forces were not using their artillery, and yet we'll being targeted by separatists artillery, and although the ukrainians claimed they were holding their discipline, the separatists were ignoring the minsk deal. >> paul thank you very much. i just want to show you some live pictures from southern california. what you are looking at there are train cars on their side after a derailment accident. this is a computer train in los angeles. there are reports of injuries so far -- unconfirmed reports speak of as many as 30 people. metro link the company that
runs this train -- this rail track telling the los angeles times that as many as 30 people have been injured in this accident. a computer train reported to have hit a track and two cars derailing. we'll keep an eye on that situation and bring you any news from there when we get it. lithuania's president says his country will bring back to conscription because of growing fears of russia. it already has nearly 16,000 active military personnel. if approved by think parliament conscription will be renewed for at least five years. officials for football's governing body say they will recommending that the 2022 world cup in qatar should be played in november and december to avoid
the extreme summer heat. so jo how did they come to this decision? >> well, adrian they considered many factors. they were here for three days in doha discussing all of these factors. the most important was the element of heat. as we know it gets very hot here in doha up to about 50 degrees in the summer and this is one thing they have been discussing ever since qatar have been awarded the world cup. they have been talking about the implications and one of cornerstones of the bid was this revolutionary cooling technology. but it seems it wasn't really enough. and another thing they were talking about is how it would fit into a general sporting calendar and the winter olympics will be held in february of 2022 as well. and they have agreed not to step on each other's toes.
so that was a fact tar they had to consider as well. >> a lot of people are not going to be happy with this decision particularly the european leagues. >> absolutely. we were already hearing from some associations especially in europe, because as you can imagine, their schedule is extremely packed and it would fall right in the middle of the season and have ongoing impact from several seasons. we heard from the association head he really wants compensation from fifa if they decide to hold the world cup in november and december. he says there is going to be great damage on domestic football. compensation, though it's difficult to tell if that will happen. fifa has tried to soften the blow by suggesting the tournament will be shorter, but it will be an interesting one to follow. >> jo we'll see you later for the sport. many thanks indeed.
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♪ hello, again, you are with the news hour with al jazeera. -- lead lines, fighters from the islamic state of iraq and the levant have kidnappeded at least 90 people from syria. the villages were attacked on mondaying. an explosion at a bus station have killed at least 12 people. 3 35 people were wounded. and officials for football's governing body have recommended that the 2022 world cup in qatar
be played in november and december. euro zone finance ministers have approved greece's proposeded economic reforms. greece has handed over a proposed list of changes to the european countries to which it owes money. it's hoping to get a four-month extension. they will combat tax evasion, and trimming the civil service and combatting corruption. john it has been approved. what happened next? >> reporter: hello, adrian. yes, that's right. the euro group have given the nod to this list but they do specify that it has got to be deepened and broadened. in other words it has to be made more specific how these goals are going to be achieved. and then of course the final approval will be given at the end of april, and greece doesn't
graduate from this governing agenda as it were until the end of june. the institutions consider this list of measures to be sufficiently comprehensive, to be a valid starting point for a successful conclusion of the review. so from the european point of view we're still trying to conclude the current program as it were which is what this government was trying to avoid. here however, the government has seen it differently. they have said yes, we compromised on that but added a whole lot of flexibility and measures we wanted into the review. >> what about the greek electorate, though? will they be happy with what the greek government has done? >> reporter: well things that have been announced are broadly popular. people do want smaller, less expensive government social security that is solvent, a attacks collection authority that is transparent, effective,
and fair. but we have heard these things before. we heard them under the first austerity go the socialists and the second austerity government, we heard them under the third austerity government ruled by the conservatives. this is the fourth time around. so what people are saying on the street adrian, is fine. but let's see what they actually get done by the end of june. people are very much deferring judgment although they like the starting point. >> john thank you. at least eight people have been killed in a shooting in the czech republic. an armed man burst into a restaurant. the police say that the gunman is among the dead. the fair trade movement has been hailed for lifting huge numbers of farmers out of
poverty, but new e.u. rules to protect european farmers could put the livelihoods of many producers in the developing world at risk. >> reporter: if you could take the idea of triumph over adversity and put it in a bottle this would be it. these farmers trees are under constant threat of israeli settlement expansion. this is promoting the oil with the farmers who grew trees. it has acted as a damage of honor, opening huge marketings as well as being a mark of palestinian nationhood. >> translator: the fact that our products are palestinian oil is being exported to 24 countries around the world under the fair trade model, that's a sign that we exist as a land. >> it has doubled at least the market for palestinian product, and at least it has made it
also -- while we were operating in an area for people who wanted to support the palestinian farmers, it has now gone out to people who buy it for its excellent quality. >> reporter: it now appears millions of farmers who produce sugar cane are at huge risk by the policies of the european union. the long-term downturn in the euro zone has lead europe to lift trade quotas to protect european farmers at the expense of these people. fair trade says it's a complete double standards. >> it smacks of contempt for the value of farming, the value and importance of farming to communities. this will make people poorer around the world. >> reporter: supporters of the developing world say it proves how flimsy the west's commitment
it is. >> we need to put farmers, producers, and the communities who eat food back in control of their food systems. >> reporter: the whole point is to put power back in the hands of people who grow food for western consumers. european politicians like that idea when their countries can afford it but in hard financial times, it seems those ideals may not apply, and in the end many farmers are left powerless. lawrence lee, al jazeera, london. the man who oversees britain's ill tell -- intelligence service has been forced to step down. he is one of david cameron's most senior lawmakers. he says he will step down and leave politics. more now on al jazeera's spy cable investigation, leaked
documents reveal how the british spy agency tried to make inroads into north korea's intelligence service, and as will jordan reports, they wanted it at whatever cost. ♪ this modest west london house is north korea's embassy in britain. it's small because there's not much diplomacy going on between the two countries. but a few miles away at britain's mi6 there's plenty of espionage. this secret document is from britain's mi6. it reveals a plan to recruit a north korean spy. the target was traveling through a south african airport. >> reporter: this was the second
british approach and this time they needed the south africans. >> reporter: the spy cable says a year earlier mi6 offered the target a quote long term clandestine relationship in return for payment. they got no response. so they offered again, presumably with more money. britain passed an act of parliament in 2010 making it illegal to bribe foreign officials, but the clause exempted intelligence services. that despite resistance from mp's who warn that there was no persuasive evidence that spies needed the right to bribe. today britt tan's intelligence agencies remain above that law. the president of indonesia
said the execution of 11 drug traffickers on death row will not be delayed. he spoke after an indonesian judge rejected an appeal by two australians who are among those who are convicted. and also warned foreign governments not to interinterfere with the capital punishment laws. prime minister tony abbott has rejected findings on detention of children. >> reporter: he now lives in sydney and is studying to be an accountant, but before he was given a visa australia's government held him for a year in prison-like detention centers. he was just 14 years old and alone when he came to australia by boat. he coped, but saw other children who didn't. >> i saw kids who are hung
themselves. i saw kids who are cutting their hands. it's 23409 something i can forget. we are damaging those kids. we are damaging mentally and we are damaging physically. >> reporter: his experience is similar to many detailed in a human rights report on immigrant children detained by australia's government. >> our findings are deeply shocking. we found that all of the medical evidence confirmed that detention causes and come pounds mental health disorders amongst children. >> reporter: more than a third of children detained require psychiatric report. there are allegations of sexual abuse against children. on tuesday officials from australia's immigration department confirmed a 16-year-old girl in detention through herself off of a building last week. this is a shocking report. only australia it says
automatically locks up immigrant children. serious damage is being done to those it does. but shocking too has been the government's reaction to the report, this it says is a travesty. more children were in detention under the previous government than the current one. a report the prime minister says should acknowledge the government's success in stopping boats full of refugees from coming to australia in the first place. >> this inquiry is a political stitch-up! [ overlapping speakers ] >> i totally reject any suggestion that this report is a politicized exercise. the facts fringely speak for themselves, and this report speaks for itself. >> reporter: australia's policy towards refugees is deeply political. elections have been won and lost on the issue. children though are among those who feel it's
consequences. andrew thomas al jazeera. an ice storm has left many without power in this the state of texas. more than 1500 flights have been canceled. winter storm warnings have spread to other states including new mexico colorado utah and arizona. there has been heavy flooding in peru and bolivia. 20 people were killed in peru. hundreds are now homeless in bolivia. some 25 people have died in floods. the rains are not expected to ease until march. in brazil the country has caught the country's biggest illegal forrester. he is accused of unlawfully selling plots of amazon rain forest to ranchers. the head of the u.n.'s climate science panel has
resigned after accusations of sexual harassment were brought against him. he is accused of sexually harassing a 29-year-old researchers. he headed the panel on ka climate change when it was awarded the nobel peace prize. many live in shantytowns without access to basic netties like clean water and electricity. margo reports on manila's plan to give new hope to thousands. >> reporter: coming home has never felt so good for this 53-year-old. it's the first time she has ever lived in a proper house, she says with walls, a ceiling, and even a door. >> translator: the house we used to live in was near the river. it wasn't made of stone.
the top parts were all just scraps of wood patched together. every time it rained we feared our house would get swept away. >> reporter: but they aren't afraid anymore. they got 400 usd from the government to move here and begin a new life. they were even helped to find ways to earn a living like taught how to run a store or work with their hands. some 19,000 people live in this government-built community just on the out skirts of manila all of them informal settlers or squatters moved here from areas within the city that were considered hazardous. the goal is to move more than half a million people into similar neighborhoods by 2016 but it hasn't been so easy. many areas are still waiting to get water and electricity, which the private sector has to
provide. but some people return to their old communities, feeling they are might earn a better wage and more familiar ground while others wary of change choose to stay put. but the government says it will not allow things to remain as they are. >> at first we had problem regarding the movement of these families. however, when we do the intensive social preparation, everything goes well. >> reporter: the government says it's about giving them something to call their own, and helping them takenership of their lives. officials in manila hope they have given them somewhere they can formally call home. just ahead on the news hour jo looks ahead to tuesday's champions league action. i'm in doha where a decision has been taken to move
♪ buying a car in nigeria has just become a lot more expensive. the government has imposed a tax of up to 70% on new and used imported cars as a way to try to boost local manufacturers. some worry that the used-car industry will pay the price. >> reporter: looking after his invest. he saved for years before buying
this used car imported from europe. he needs a new one. but like many other nigerians, he fears that he cannot afford it. >> who knows maybe this is the last car i'm going to drive in my life from what the government is trying to do because i can't see me here with the little amount of money i'm getting to buy another car when it is implemented. >> reporter: but the government is pushing ahead with its new auto policy which raises taxes on imported cars up to 70%. >> in the future [ inaudible ] with this class of [ inaudible ] of -- of crude oil. so if we have less operations and [ inaudible ] we will reduce the amount of money we used to import vehicles. >> reporter: the local auto industry is up. factories are racing to cash in.
assembly lines are producing again. >> we actually have capacity in excess of the requirements. now we believe as the market opens up supported by the new government policy we will also progressively expand and grow our operations to meet any potential increases in demand. >> reporter: and they are looking beyond the local market. nigerians spend $5 billion every year importing cars and spare parts. with a population of 170 million, local factories like this want a share of the market and they want to expand into markets across the border. but used car dealers say the new policy will hurt their industry because car manufacturers here cannot meet local demand. >> you don't want business that you lose your capital, and it is going to have adverse affects on
our business because these cars in fact it will inflate every sector of the economy. >> reporter: and with the new policy, and the growing local demand many nigerians like this say they are either driving their last cars or may not have the opportunity to buy a new one any time soon. time now for sport. >> thank you adrian. european clubs want compensation if fifa hold the 2022 world cup in november and december. moving the tournament to winter would cause great damage to domestic football they say. andy richardson reports. >> qatar! >> reporter: almost from the moment it was awarded the world
cup, questions began. temperatures can exceed 40 degrees celsius in june and july. and while qatar said it would have the required cooling technology in place to make a summer world cup possible fifa did class qatar's bid as high risk because of the weather. now after a six-month consultation process involving vested interests from all over the football world, a final proposal has been made the 2022 world cup should be played in november and december. >> there would be not one solution which was supported by all, but there is one solution which is coming out from this discussion, which is november, december, 2022. >> reporter: this is a proposal that is almost certain to be ratified by a meeting of fifa's executive committee next month. and that is an outcome that has angered representatives of european leagues who were here and who's tournaments face the
most disruption. they say this was an argument they never had any chance of winning. the english premier league just one of many that will be taking an unexpected and unwanted break. >> a summer world cup takes place every four years, and i think it's a disruption. anybody who runs a league anywhere in the world will be sensing the disruption and chaos. >> reporter: qatar's organizers say they were and are ready to host at anytime of year but are happy a final decision is close. >> we are on board whatever the executive committee decides, we're committed to. >> reporter: the exact date and duration should be signed off at the fifa meeting in march, and while discussions will continue the main talking point now remains closed. as you heard leagues around
the world will be affected by the change but the recommendation to move the world cup has been welcomed by at least one english premier league manager. >> i regret it just took them so much time to realize that. it's impossible to play in the summer, and i think it makes sense. if you want people to survive there, at the games, it's -- it's the only way to do it in a desent and comfortable way for the supporters. i think about the place, you don't worry. but for the supporters it's the only way. it's a right decision. barcelona faces manchester city again. they beat city 2-0 at the same stage last year and went on to reach the quarter finals. but barcelona's stars are coming into this after a defeat and
they weren't underestimating their opponent. >> i think that they had not really bad luck in the draw. last year they had to play [ inaudible ] and two years ago in the group stage they had a really difficult group stage, so we know that they have a lot of quality players in the premier league they are showing they are one of the best teams in the world, and i hope not this year but in the -- next years, obviously they will be fighting for -- for this competition. >> it's just as important, i think to try to win here but i think that this team already demonstrate that we are playing way better than last year. so -- last year we didn't make it by [ inaudible ] barcelona, we also in the state group, we beat munich. so i think it's important to take advantage.
>> they face [ inaudible ] on the match on tuesday. it's a repeat of the final which the german side won. cricket world cup received another record. sarah coates reports. >> reporter: opening the batting chris gael always had the potential to be the star of the show. the big-hitting lefty making run scoring look easy. demoralizing zimbabwe's bowling attack, to smash boundary after boundary, after boundary. there was just no off switch on this jamaican batting machine,' -- equalling the record.
he got the fastest double century in odi history. it seems there was just no stopping him, not until the very last ball of the inning anyway but by then it was too late. they had already done the damage completing a 372-run stand. >> to score a double century it's right up there, got to be the best one. >> reporter: the west indians going on to beat zimbabwe by 73 runs. well there's more sport on our website for all of the latest check out aljazeera.com/sport. we have got blogs and videos from our correspondent around the world. and that's the sport for you, adrian. >> many thanks indeed. the team would like to extend their thanks to you for watching. i'll be back with another bulletin of news straight ahead here on al jazeera. see you in a moment.
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monday, 5:30 eastern. only on al jazeera america. isil abducts 90 people from christian villages in syria. hello this is al jazeera live from doha. i'm adrian finighan. also on the program, two separate bomb blasts in nigeria, at least 12 people are dead. the spy cables leaked documents show the cia tried to establish contact with hamas, despite an official ban. and fifa shows the red card to a summer world cup in qatar, recommending a move to the