only on al jazeera america. >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ >> hello, welcome to the al jazeera news hour. i'm live in doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes, a government reshuffle in egypt. and libya's oil fields get shout down. exports down pollution up we'll look at how china's growing economy will effect global markets.
and secrets released. allegations that u.s. government is collecting phone records from around the globe. we begin with egypt. where the interior minister has been replaced as part of a government reshuffle. he headed the police force which has been criticized by human rights organizations for the crackdown on protesters. he was the interior minister under the ousted president as well as under the current leader. for more on this government reshuffle in egypt, let's talk to a resident fellow at city university in new york. very good to have you with us. let's talk more about the interior minister, because this
seems to be the most significant replacement in this reshuffle. tell us about who he is and why he was so controversial. >> many reasons that made that man a controversial person. the fact he served under two governments, under two regimes made him controversial. he served the government of mohammed morsi that was toppled on july 3rd, yet he carried on serving the second government and the second regime the other regime. so i guess a lot of reasons that -- that made that man a controversial person and made him look as if he is a man of all seasons. >> what message do you think the current government is trying to send by sacking him? you mentioned that he served under the previous government is it perhaps to get rid of the
remnants of the old government? >> let's not for get that the head of this government -- the head of the state itself was the main architect of what happened on july 3rdrd. so it's not -- it's not just getting rid of the remains and hangovers of the government and regime of mohammed morsi. i believe that the main objective of such reshuffle, is to calm down the dissatisfyied sentiments of the society and public who are angry and frustrated of the eroding security internally and angry and aggravated because of the massive and flagrant violations of human rights under that minister. so i guess this is the main reason of such reshuffle. >> what about the -- the timing
of this reshuffle? eight ministers replaced in total just a few days before the economic summit. what does that say? >> it says that the situation in egypt is getting more and more critical because if it was not that critical no sane person would have made such reshuffle just a few days before the -- that very important conference to rehabilitate the egyptian economy. >> thank you very much for your thoughts on this exiled egyptian journalist with us. libyan's u.n. recognized parliament in tobruk has announced it's air force will all the air strikes for three days while they hold peace talks. let's talk to hashem ahelbarra who joins us. the forces loyal to the
internationally recognized government say they will hold the strikes to help the talks there. what is the other side saying? will this mean that the talks will finally get to start? >> reporter: the first reaction that we got from members from the tripoli government is they say this is implemented, they welcome it but they are very cautious. they say forces loyal to the general have targeted the airport mainly used by members of the tripoli government. and they say this is not a good sign. however, both the internationally recognized government in tobruk and remembers of the tripoli government say that they are coming to rabat with the spirit of coming to an agreement and they will stay for some time in the moroccan capitol to debate
forming a national unity government. appoint the new prime minister and his deputies. if there is an agreement on that point, they will start talking about security arrangements particularly disbanding armed factions. then comes the third point which is basically drafting a constitution. there is some sense of optimism per -- prevailing now in the more raw can capitol. >> i was going to ask you whether you got a sense if there were positive things coming out, that the two sides will overcome the mistrust they have against each other. >> reporter: the mistrust continues, and this is the biggest concern for the international community. having said that i have been
talking to members of the both delegations and they said this time they have been given full mandate by their respective governments in libya, that there are signs of a genuine deal then go for it come back to libya, and let's move forward. the international community at the same time is putting all of its weight behind what could become a deal. you have a fractious political reality in libya, groups alfill lated with isil are taking advantage, controlling strategic areas, and they want to put an end to that. for them the only way out is political. they are not opting for a military option to the conflict of libya, they want both the internationally recognized government in tobruk and the government in tripoli, so have their own road map for the future of libya.
>> hasham thank you for that. the escalating violence in libya has forced the national oil company to shut down production in 11 oil fields. and that means a major hit to the economy. >> reporter: an attack on libya's oil facility last month has left it inoperable. it is one of several oil fields that have been targeted in recent weeks. they destroyed equipment at one oil field on wednesday. on monday another oil field and a pipeline carrying crude came under attack. and these facilities were also hit last month. at least 14 people were killed in one attack. in a country plagued by war in recent years, libya's oil industry is a prime target. production has fallen from 6 million barrels a day before the revolution, to less than 300,000 barrels a day. there have been so many attacks
in ring cent days that libya's national oil corporation says it won't be continuing with his contract. the two rival governments are still in a power struggle. a delegation from one of them was at this airport when it was targeted in an air strike. >> translator: we are here at the airport. as we were going to rabat for the national dialogue meeting, unknown airplanes carried out air strikes. this is yet another attempt to prevent us from going to meetings. >> reporter: the airport was hit by forces loyal to the internationally recognized tobruk government. talks are resuming in morocco, but expectations of a solution are low. >> translator: we have asked for dialogue since the beginning.
recognizing the legitimacy of the parliament is a red line and that is irreversible. we can't go back to the beginning of the outdated national conference. >> reporter: in the meantime the country's oil belt is going up in smoke. the u.n. special envoy to syria has suggested his plan for a six-week halt to fighting in aleppo to get relief to civilians in need is failing. he made the comments in an address to the london think tank. syrian government planes have dropped a barrel bomb killing at least 20 people. it hit the district in the east of the city. control of aleppo is split between government forces and rebel forces. let's bring in james bayes. tell us more about what he had
to say about his plan. he was speaking in london and listening to his comments i think they were the most negative so far that he has made. about his plan. his plan for freezes in syria starting in aleppo. in fact starting in just one neighborhood of aleapt -- aleppo. he said he has a clear time line, a commitment from president assad, that there will be an end to all aerial bombardment, and he would be able to go to damascus soon and announce the timing. he went to damascus and that didn't happen. and now he's making comments in this session in london suggesting to the audiences that he wanted their ideas rather than questions. showing a list of those that have died in syria, and at one point saying perhaps aleppo
wasn't the right place to cheese for a freeze. i have known him in several places as a diplomat around the world. he is a man who very carefully chooses his words, and for him to suggest that perhaps aleppo wasn't the right place, is a real admission that this is not going very well at all. >> so if the aleppo plan fails, james. what then is plan b? >> well, it may be going back to what they were doing before because the aleppo plan is a bottom-up plan try to create confidence by starting in one place to get some peace to syria. the previous plan remember was always of those geneva plan and that was a top-down plan. one very senior official said that approach now needs to be revisited. but rather than getting the two sides together as they tried to do repeatedly in geneva they
should get all of the key countries with interest in the region, in particular iran and saudi arabia among others to sit down and have talks. there are talk of further talks to take place in moscow. russia has its own process that it is pursuing. the norwegians often involved in middle east peace efforts are also getting involved. so that looks to be the direction things are now moving in. >> james thank you very much for that. iraqi government forces are retaken villages on the outskirts of tikrit but not yet launched an assault against isil fighters inside the city. the offensive which includes shia militias and sunni tribal fighters is aimed at driving isil out of tikrit.
meanwhile a series of bombings in the iraqi capitol have killed at least 11 people and injured 19 others. one bomb ripped through an market in an eastern suburb of baghdad. another bomb targeting a military patrol killed three soldiers. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry says he is not seeking a, quote, grand bargain with iran. he was referring to possible nuclear deal with tehran. kerry made the comments after meeting ministers from gulf corporation council nations in saudi arabia's capitol. he has assured gcc leaders that washington will not ignore their concerns while it pursues an agreement with iran. kerry flew to the meeting following three days of talks with his iranian counterpart in switzerland. first we go to jacky rowland who is in the swiss city where those
nuclear talks took place. jacky no deal yet with iran but john kerry very keen to reassure the gulf countries about any potential deal. why is that? >> reporter: it's because they are concerned that any deal would leave iran with part of its nuclear infrastructure, and they are also concerned about the limited duration of a deal. they are worried about what would happen after the period of the accord was over. would iran then be in a position to start enriching uranium? would in fact this accord this deal possibly give iran a grace period that would even be to its advantages. these countries in the gulf are concerned about anything that could increase iran's position in the power balance within the region. the secretary of state has been seeking to say that wouldn't be the case any deal that would make it more unlikely for iran
to get a nuclear weapon has to be a good deal for the neighbors in the region. and any agreement would have clear verification measures intusive access to the facilities. >> jacky rowland thank you very much indeed. let's cross over to zana hoda in beirut. it is also very important for the americans to have the saudis and other gulf countries on their side isn't it? because of isil in iraq and syria. >> reporter: undoubtedly america needs political cover from the arab world. we heard the saudi foreign minister say iraq has been given to iran. iran has taken over iraq. this is the concern in the mainly sunni arab world. he pointed out the offensive in tikrit, that offensive is being
lead yes, by iraqi forces but it is iranian backed shia mailitiamilitias. what they are worried about is this fight could be a fight against sunnis. the arab world wants the u.s. to deal with the political crisis in iraq and neighboring syria. we heard kerry try to reassure the arabs and say military pressure may be needed against the assad government, and reiterating that the syrian president is no longer legitimate, but he repeated that our priority now is to fight isil. for the arab world they don't see it that way, they believe the coalition should be fighting the syrian government as well. concerns in the arab world that iran is really gaining much more influence as the result of the fight against isil. >> zana thank you very much. still ahead on the al
jazeera news hour and north korea thinks this man deserves punishment, as a u.s. ambassador is attacked in seoul. and in sports the season was [ inaudible ] recent off field distraction distractions. ♪ in israel prime minister benjamin netenyahu is under fire for his election campaign ads. his party has been posting online videos to win the hearts of voters ahead of elections in two week's time. but instead they have caused controversy and anger, even in jordan. >> reporter: islamic state fighters on the road to israel. at least that's what prime minister benjamin netenyahu is warning voters in this campaign
advertisement. still, the video is meant to play for laughs when the driver stops to ask how to get to jerusalem -- [ speaking foreign ] -- the israeli driver replies turn left. the message appears to be if the center left defeats the right-wing party in the march 17th parliamentary election, isil will end up taking over. mitchell is a campaign strategist, he says netenyahu and other politicians are using the ads as an attempt to be more relatable to voters. >> he has had to soften up his image in that you can't scare all of the people all the time. so when he puts in humor about himself or an issue like isis which is a serious thing, maybe that warms people up a little. >> reporter: this is the founder of a jordanian hip hop group.
he has filed a lawsuit in an israeli district court against netenyahu and his party after one of his songs featured in theed a vert. >> translator: it is unthinkable that they would associate our song with the islamic state. our song talks about the alienation that palestinian refugees feel living in jordan. >> reporter: this one was banned by israel's central relations committee for using child actors. the leader tries and files to control the other party who are portrayed by children. >> israeli voters are not hearing real issues in these campaign ads. >> reporter: several other parties have been accused of pushing the boundaries with
their own campaign ads, but most agreement the ads won't have much of an impact. that's because early polling suggest many have already made up their minds. an iranian diplomat kidnapped in yemen has now been freed. he has returned to tehran. he had been missing since july 2013 after leaving his home in sana'a. ukraine's former finance minister has been arrested in spain. he had been on the run since august and is wanted for fraud. meanwhile, senior leaders from ukraine, russia germany, and france have agreed to meet
on friday to discuss implementing the minsk peace deal. in ukraine, the prime minister has accused russian-backed rebels of hampering rescue efforts at a mine disaster. a gas explosion killed 32 miners in the city of donetsk. john hendren has the latest from outside of the mine. >> reporter: the death toll in ukraine's mining disaster continued to rise. the donetsk people's republic has established a commission to look into what happened here and why. meanwhile rescue workers continued to remove bodies. donetsk is the heartland of ukraine's mining industry and this is its biggest mine. because of high levels of methane gas inside it is also the deadliest, there have been seven explosions. each time investigations ask
whether the mine is safe and each time hundreds of miners afterwards return to the shaft. unless something unusual is uncovered in the investigation, that is likely what will happen again this time. ukraine's parliament wants to increase the number of troops in its army by nearly a third. russia's defense ministry says air forces and ground troops will be holding drills in areas near its border with ukraine. north korea has called an attack on the u.s. ambassador to south korea a deserved punishment. it says it is retribution for u.s. and south korean drills held annually. >> reporter: mark probably wishes he had turned down the invitation. he was filmed seconds after
being slashed in the face bleeding from a cheek wound, clearly shaken. surgeons operated on the ambassador for two hours. he required 80 stitches to his face and this was the prognosis. he'll be fine but it could have been grim. >> translator: if the cut was one to two centimeters deeper it would have damaged the ka rad did artery. >> reporter: here is the suspect. the suspect himself had to be rushed to hospital. [ shouting ] >> translator: the war exercise must be stopped. we must stop the drills now! >> reporter: he's talking about this. the joint drills taking place right now with south korean and
american troops. he wasn't about to waste the media attention. >> translator: the families are unable to meet each other. our unification is being postponed. we need to stop the drills. >> reporter: police said he has tried this before five years ago. throwing a piece of concrete at the japanese ambassador to seoul. the u.s. will find this unsettling south korea even more so. >> translator: we are taking this seriously as it was committed to the ambassador to the u.s. which is one of our most important allies. >> reporter: north korea seems to be enjoying this calling the attack just punishment. the world's second largest city is slowing down. china's government plans to guide it towards sustainable growth and to step up spending. exports are falling and people
are encouraged to buy locally made goods. harry fawcett has more. >> reporter: from across china they streamed into the great hall of the people. 3,000 deputies here for the annual report on their government's accomplishments and plans. what were their priorities? >> translator: i want migrant workers to enjoy the same treatment as urban citizens. >> translator: what i care most about is the air. everyone has to breathe. ♪ >> reporter: inside they would devote time to both subjects, but the center of his speech the economy. managing from the export-dependent growth of recent decades to a slower growing china, the growth target down from 7.5% to 7%. >> translator: with downward pressure on china's economy building, and deep-seeding problems and developments surfacing, the difficulties we
are to encounter in the year ahead may be more forbidable even than last year. >> reporter: so create 10 million new urban jobs restrict urban unemployment to below 4.5%. for china's leaders this new 7% target represents appropriate growth levels in pursuit of moderate pos parity. but it is also an explicit acknowledgment that they believe the slowdown is expected to continue at a time when record debt levels present unpredictable threats. >> translator: real estate enterprises especially banned debt in the finance industry it's definitely worse, some even think the economy will collapse soon. >> reporter: the air of china has been part of the price paid but increasingly china's leaders
are recognizing that the cost has become too high. >> translator: the environmental pollution is a blight on people's quality of life. we must fight it with all of our might. >> reporter: china's ability to fight potential enemies will also be increased. the official defense budget going up by 10.1%, although that represents the lowest-summarize for five years. 7% growth is high by the standards of just about anywhere by china. the trick for the government is to ensure amid the slowdown its people continue to feel wealthier and amid environmental hazards, feel well. the clock is ticking on peace talks as a deadline looms for rival leaders to agree. we will be live in juba.
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plan for a six-week halt to fighting in aleppo is faltering. returning now to one of our main stories this hour. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry saying that he is not seeking what he called a grand bargain with iran. kerry was referring to possible nuclear deal with tehran and made those comments after meeting ministers from the gulf corporation council. and kerry has reassured gcc leaders that washington will not ignore their concerns while it pursues an agreement with iran. kerry flew there after three days of talks in geneva that included the iranian foreign minister. let's speak more about this now with an associate professor in contemporary history in the middle east at qatar university.
kerry went straight to riyadh which was it so important for him to be there? >> this is a typical step done by the united states in the past where basically when the time is getting close to have a deal, they come to the region and try to send a message to the leaders that, you know, everything will happen and your concerns are being taken into consideration, no need to be worried. of course, as we know in a few weeks there will be a deal between -- expected to have a deal between [ inaudible ] i will be -- per sonnally surprised if there is no deal. i believe the united states has great interest to assure the gulf states that they won't need to worry, their interests are taken into consideration.
this will not make the gulf states happy. simply because of the iranian concerns in the region. >> we heard the saudi foreign minister say in the press conference there with john kerry, that tikrit in iraq is a prime example of what worried saudi arabia saying that iran is taking over iraq. this sounds a little bit like benjamin netenyahu's speech just a few days ago. >> yeah. >> and it's interesting to see that saudi arabia and israel are on the same line when it comes to iran. >> they have always repeated that discourse, that iran is a real challenge to its own interest. the involvement of iran in iraq and yemen now, caused all of these -- i would say -- you know sort of deep concern of saudi arabia. now the -- so he is trying to
repeat his message when he said in 2004 that the american foreign policy handed iraq to iran. and i think he is repeating the same thing today to kerry. of course we know there is a cold war, quote unquote between iran and saudi arabia over many issues, and one of them is oil price. iran accused saudi arabia of being responsible for the oil price in the world, and russia also joined iran in that issue. so basically there are many issues on the table between saudi arabia and iran saudi arabia, as the main player in the gulf states and the main exporter of the oil, actually leading that sort of coalition, or -- or -- and -- you know highlighting the -- the concerns to the international community on the top of that to the united states. >> always good to hear your
thoughts on this. south sudan's rival leaders have just six hours to sign a peace deal. the president is holding talks with his rival leader in ethiopia, and as kathleen sebelius reports now, people there are hoping this time the ceasefire will last. >> reporter: she still can't talk about her father not without choking up anyway. a pastor was shot dead here in juba at the start of the conflict, she and her family never found his body. she has a message for political leaders. >> the leaders, both of them what they need to do is look at this innocent blood. who voted for them? for them to be where they are today, they need to look what they are losing the citizens they are losing, and the loss their country is going through.
>> reporter: the president and rebel leader are expected to sign a peace agreement. people are hoping for a deal but cautiously so. they are worried that a signature on a dotted line does not necessarily mean lasting peace. they want binding deal and commitment. a power struggle between the president and his former deputy sparked the civil war more than a year ago. their supporters have been fighting each other ever since. the two are under intense pressure to sign the deal but there is little sense of conciliation between both sides. >> it's not about the political reform it's not about political settlement of the people -- of certain people that thing, you know they are being marginalized. >> reporter: this person speaks for the opposition.
>> the negotiation has refused to deal with the actual root cause of the problem. the government says the cause is one thing, and we say the cause is one thing. i think at the very least, he should have said let us agree to disagree. let us agree that you people have disagreed on what the problem is so at least we have an agreement moving forward when we are talking. >> reporter: politics aside, this community have been compiling names of the tens of thousands of those who died in the conflict. they speak for many south sudanese when they say they just want their country to get out of limbo. >> kathleen those talks are progressing very slowly. how hopeful are they that there will be a deal in a couple of hour's time? >> reporter: well, the people here are not holding their breath. they have been waiting for this
political deal for this comprehensive peace deal since january last year when the talked started. so they are waiting for the outcome, but they are really not very optimistic that they are going to see a deal. now our producer, who is here talked briefly to the information minister who said to him that there is nothing for me to tell you. things are how they were yesterday. how were they yesterday? it was a -- dead lock. so there is very little progress that will lead to a signature on this dotted line. no movement at all, and the people here are the ones who are suffering. joining me to talk about this further is the u.n. -- acting spokesperson for the u.n.
i was here last year in december, we spoke at length about the humanitarian situation. are things getting worst for south sudanese? we're hearing there is still fighting in parts of the country. >> the economic situation is grim in south sudan. this country depends on oil exports for about 96% of its hard currency earnings and with prices at five-year lows the income stream has declined considerably. the humanitarian situation is dire. the u.n. estimates $1.8 billion will need to be raise to attend to the needs of people who lack shelter, lack food lack a source of income and only about a third of that amount was pledged by donors at a recent conference in nairobi in
february. the u.n. and humanitarian partners expect to attend to about 4.1 million people who have various humanitarian needs. >> reporter: what are your concerns if the leaders do not come out with an agreement soon? >> well, our concern is first of all that with fighting continuing, there could even be an escalation in the level of hostilities that we have seen in south sudan over the past six months. there have been regular violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement signed in 2014 in january. but the frequency of those violation could escalate if the talks come to not. and also we're concerned about the effect that a lack of peace will have on the civilian population. for example, we are playing host to about 112,000 internally
displaced persons in the peace-keeping compound. and we don't see the vast majority of those people leaving our premises any time soon in the absence of a comprehensive and durable peace deal. >> reporter: thank you very much. foley, some of those people that were in the camps are really tired of being in the camps. they thought they would be home by now. clearly they are not. we were in camp here in juba where hundreds of displaced people are, and we spoke to a woman who said she is tired. she lost all of our property. she just wants peace. and she just wants to go back to her home and rebuild her life. >> i imagine a lot of frustration from the people there. catherine thank you so much for joining us there. in liberia the last patient to receive treatment for ebola has been discharged from hospital. the area currently has no confirmed cases. the head of the country's ebola-response unit has urged people to stay cautious however.
if there are no new cases for 42 days the world health organization will declare liberia ebola free. columbia's government has doubled the number of police on the street in a city that has been hit by gang violence which has left hundreds of people dead. >> reporter: digging for body parts, investigate fors in this town found a hidden grave in this poor neighborhood ironically called the progress. in it were the dismembered remains of two young men who disappeared months earlier. former paramilitary groups have long terrorized this city. fighting to control territory and the population. the government announced special measures doubling the amount of police and investigators. they also sent in the army. about a year later, these areas are still gripped by either fear
or ka -- collusion. many have fled. >> translator: some people say there are mass graves but we haven't seen any of that. >> reporter: nobody in this neighborhood feels safe enough to talk to us truthfully on camera because despite the government measures, gang control remains fundamentally unchanged. a new report from human rights watch draws a horrifying snapshot of the situation. extorsions, disappearances and killings continue, and often go unreported. >> there's no question that more resources have been brought to bare. there is at least one prosecutor dedicated to pursuing the most heinous crimes and the disappearances, but there have been no convictions. no one has been formally
charged. >> reporter: this person lives in the progress neighborhood. her father was killed for helping the police. she spoke with us but in a different part of town. >> translator: there are so many people like me who don't have any answer about what happened to their loved ones. i reach out to people who have information and ask them to please talk but they are too afraid and prefer to just leave. >> reporter: prosecutors insist they are slowly getting results. since 2015 no new reports of dismemberment have been reported. for those who survive here justice cannot come soon enough. now a new report has highlighted gender gaps in education. the comprehensive study looked at test scores in reading, math and science by 15 year olds in
64 countries. it shows that on average, girls do better than boys in all subjects, but when it comes to the top-performing students in math and science, girls continue to lag behind. the study suggests this difference is likely to be caused by a low level of confidence in these subjects. when comparing boys in girl with similar confidence levels in math and science, the gender gap disappears. we have joined by the author of the report. she says there's no reason girls should not perform just as well as boys in math and science. >> many countries are adopting new approaches to challenge the notion among parents that girls can't do math. and it is fact it is said that girls can achieve at the highest possible level. they can help parents through role models of women that excel in the sciences. we just had the first woman
getting the field medal in -- in -- in mathematics. at the same time question can challenge notions ateachers, but this requires really giving them the instruments to change their approaches fostering more independent learning. fostering more the potential of each student. girls excel in language subjects. they tend to be much much better at reading than boys and sometimes they are left behind in math and science because teachers and parents concentrate on their relative skills in language subjects rather than what they could achieve in mathematics and science. still to come on the news hour all of the sport. bangladesh move a step closer to a quarter final at the cricket world cup. ♪
♪ now it has long been known that the u.s. national security agency has been secretly collecting data from phones and overseas, but increasingly local u.s. police departments are doing the same thing through a device known as stingray. kimberley hah cut has the story. >> i was washing my dishes and i see this man with an assault
rifle pointing at my face with a flashlight or white light. >> reporter: the man turned to be a police officer who entered her home at gunpoint. she was put in handcuffs and her house was searched. after more than 30 minutes, they were let go with no explanation. >> no apologies, nothing. >> reporter: she learned she had been the victim of a secret surveillance device known as the stingray. the stingray was created by a company called harris corporation. it's designed for government anti-terrorism operations but today it's believed more than 100 local and state police officer agencies are using the device often without jew dishal oversight. >> data images you need them now without question without delay. >> reporter: the stingray
masquerades as a mobile phone tower. and grants police secret access to personal data. we tried talking to the police department about the use of stingray in florida. and the u.s. marshall service also declined to talk with us. that's because the fbi has instructed departments not to disclose use of the technology. >> i don't want to say too much about that because i don't want the bad guys to know. >> louise was not a bad guy. she was an innocent person who was victimized by stingray surveillance. we don't invade people's privacy in homes without a warrant. second, there's a presumption of innocents in this country. >> reporter: that is protected
under u.s. law, but on the day her home was envieded louise wondered -- >> what kind of rights do we have? >> reporter: it's a question privacy advocates also want answered. that's why people are working to explosion the stingray technology. kimberly halkett, al jazeera, sarasota florida. now here's jo. >> the l.a. galaxy will kick off a new season on friday. but recent talks over a strike have been a destruction. they final agreed to a deal on wednesday. players were concerned that they wouldn't be able to represent themselves after the age of 28. >> as much as we can be. with all that has gone on in the
background. we can only be as focused as we can, and prepare ourselves mentally in the right way, which we have been with the training we have been doing. so hopefully we can just get to the game on friday. alex rodriguez has played his comeback for the new york yankees after sitting out a season for doping. it seems he hasn't lost his touch. sending the ball into the outfield a number of times. their regular season starts against toronto in april. bangladesh have won their group a match against scotland at the cricket world cup. scotland batted first. kyle hammering a career-best 156 as his side went on to post a total of 318 for 8.
but bangladesh were just too strong reaching 322 for 4 for a sixth cricket victory. they will play england next. >> we chased down similar -- similar kind of score two or three backs against zimbabwe, and we batted in a similar way, so rather than thinking about scoreboard that's [ inaudible ] we were just enjoying the wicket. the wicket was fantastic, and the outfield was really quick, so we didn't have to do too much, we were timing the ball and the ball was flying. in 99 day's time europe will stage its first-ever continental multi-sport tournament. more than 6,000 athletes from 50 countries will compete in 20 sports. earlier i spoke to the chief operating officer for the event,
and asked them what they stood to gain from hosting the first-ever european games. >> first of all i think there's a real need to have a european games. europe is the only continent in the world that doesn't have its own multi-sport event. despite the athletic strength and prowess, and commercial strength of europe there has never been an event for the best athletes in europe. but this helps diversion its economy into tourism and sports tourism in particular. we only need to look for the next couple of years with hosting formula one, chest olympiad, and four matches of euro 2020. but it is also about physical and human legacy that are being delivered as a result of these
games. >> and you can see my full interview with simon on this week's end in addition of counting the cost. a per -- para-olympian sprinter has had his leg stolen. >> that's my way of life. most exciting part of my day is when i get to go to track practice. >> the value it has for exceeds anything that anybody could get on the black market. we're talking like hundred fold. >> jo thank you very much indeed. that's it for this news hour. do stay with us though we have plenty more world news coming up very shortly. we're back in just a few minutes. ♪
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