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>> story of our war in ukraine and bracing for fish farming here in the pharroah island. >> reporter: as we begin the news hour with yemen where more rounds of air strikes by saudi arabia and hit houthi targets including air defense system in the north and strikes over the past 48 hours hit targets across yemen aimed around seven towns and cities as you can see here saudi arabia assigned 100 fighter jets to the mission and with allies that means there are nearly hundreds of fighter jets involved and mr. tan explains. >> reporter: part of the saudi led coalition against shia houthi rebels and military supporters and for the second night they hit military positions in sanaa and as the
operations continues saudi officials say there is no plan to send troops at least for now. >> we should be for all the circumstances. our forces is ready for the different threat. a threat or ground threat. for the time being there is no such operation but if we need we will be ready to face this kind of event. >> reporter: so far the strikes have crippled the country's airforce allied to the houthis, the response to violence. >> what do they expect us to do surrender, to accept defeat and act like cowards, what do they expect to walk away? absolutely not. >> reporter: houthi fighters are not the only ones being hit, houthis say a dozen civilians were killed in the strikes on thursday and during the day houthis showed pictures of
supporters out in the streets of the capitol sanaa which they held since last year and not the only ones on the streets, this rally was taken out in favor of the strikes and yemen has been unstable for years all the while the houthis with support of iran have been expanding the territory outside the base of the north and january they fought the government out of the capitol. last week this bombings at two shia masks in sanaa killing houthi leaders and i.s.i.l. claimed responsibility for attack and houthis responded ataking aiden in the south and president what di is in saudi arabia and recognized by the saudi-led coalition and world powers as the legitimate elected leaders and alliance endorsed by arab league nations proposing a unified military force to face growing regional threats. the saudi-led intervention in yemen is seen as a message
against iran's influence in the region but yemens caught the conflict hopes of a peaceful solution are dwindling, gerald tan with al jazeera. arab league are among supporting the saudi-led air strikes on yemen and had participation in offensive and military action announced in a joint statement signed by saudi arabia and bahrain, kuwait and qatar and say planes have been involved in the strikes and sudan say air and ground forces will take part in the operation and turkey says it may provide low logistic support and sending people to saudi arabia to see what islamabad can provide. airlines around the world introducing new world that create two crew members to be in the cockpit at all time,
measures after french investigators revealed the copilot of germanwings plane locked himself in the cockpit before crashing in the french alps and we report. >> reporter: piece by piece investigators pick through thousands of bits of wreckage scattered across this mountain side. bits of twisted metal, mostly unidentifiable suddenly nothing that clearly resembles parts of a plane. some pieces are backed up by forensic experts and yellow markers placed on larger objects and human remains from the 150 passengers and crew are treated with the utmost care. this is a crime scene. families of some of those victims travels to the accident investigation base. they are here to try to see whether loved ones died and give dna samples to identify body parts. analysis of the black box recovered from the site started to reveal the plane's final
moments and listening to voice recordings from the plane prosecutors say the pilot was locked out of the cockpit during the flight's final moment and the copilot conscious at the controls and appears to have deliberately crashed the plane and passengers heard screaming just before the plane's final impact. >> translator: the most likely interpretation we can make at this point is that the copilot deliberately refused to open the cabin door to the captain, he then activated the button that triggered a severe loss of altitude. we do not know why he activated this button but can be interpreted as a deliberate attempt to crash the plane. >> reporter: little is known about copilot andreas lubitz, a 28-year-old german and had no terrorist background. >> translator: of course this is big, big shock for us and only can repeat we are shocked and very sad.
i think in our worst nightmares we never would have imagined such a tragedy to happen in our group. >> reporter: air bus the makers of the a 320 say there are safeguards in place for situations when crew need to enter the cockpit seen in an air bus training video, an emergency access pin can open the cockpit door but not in access is denied by the pilot inside. this tragedy has been felt throughout europe. germany parliament held a moment silence to remember the victims, later chance la angela merkel expressed her distress. >> translator: today's news is another blow to the relatives of the victims. in these dark days we think of them. >> reporter: night fall in these mountains brings freezing temperatures so recovery teams will resume their work at sunrise. this disaster has really shaken the aviation industry and some european airlines are already changing safety procedures to make sure two crew members are
in the cockpit at all times, a rule that could have saved flight 9525 and its passengers charlie with al jazeera. german investigators have searched the copilot's family home to try and find clues to his motive. the flight data recorder suggests andreas lubitz took control of the plane before it crashed. the pilot could be heard frantically knocking on the door trying to get in. dominick cane is there in andreas lubitz's hometown and i understand dominick there are suggestions that authorities have made a discovery, what is going on in the investigation? >> reporter: well sammy the police were here at the house of andreas lubitz's parents yesterday and went to his flat in dusseldorf yesterday and took away items like computers and suddenly suggesting today and police made a significant discovery but won't go in more detail about it although we understand that it is not a suicide note or anything like
that. but it's part of an investigation now into the life of this man. this man who was perceived here in town as being a pleasant young man who liked running, who was into pop music, was popular at his local flying club and that sort of thing and it feeds into this idea that the police are trying to build up an idea of who he was and what he was doing and what made him do and perform the actions in that plane that precipitated the flight into the mountain side of the french alps and maybe the way he is perceived in his hometown a different look at him especially in the media. >> reporter: that is right and i have one of the popular newspapers and you can see him there as someone who liked running but at the bottom of the page bill asked he flew 149 innocent people into that mountain and referred to him at
the bottom of unmasked murderer and gives you a sense about how the climate here has changed and people are asking how could somebody leak that do that sort of thing. they are asking questions about the fact the man went in a period of depression around six years ago and trainings to become a pilot was interrupted and had counseling sessions and feeds in the idea that the parent airline spoke of the assessment methods, security and training methods they had which certified him as being 100% fit to be behind the controls in that cockpit of 9525 which he flew in the hill sides of the french alps so very much a sense in the media here this man was a killer and now people are asking why was he and more importantly why was it that it wasn't spotted beforehand and wasn't possible to identify the man was going through depression and might be a risk. >> a lot of no doubt questions
that need answers and thanks for now, dominick cane there. much more still to come on the al jazeera news hour. >> i don't currently know the specific goals and objectives of the saudi campaign. >> reporter: questions in the u.s. on how much congress knew about the saudi air strikes in yemen. turkey's police given new powers and critics say they will over step the mark plus. >> i'm rob mcbride and formula one circuit trying to figure out a future without formula one. ♪ syria president says he is open to dialog with the united states and assad made comments in a television interview with broadcaster cbs and said no pressuring of syria's sovereignty. >> in syria we could say that
every dialog is a positive thing and we will be open to any dialog with anyone including the united states regarding anything that hastings mutual respect. >> reporter: these comments come after john kerry he wants to start negotiations with assad to end the conflict a conflict that is now in the fifth year and joining me from london is a senior associate at the middle east center at carnegie endowment for international peace and good to have you with us and doing this by assad will advance the talks between he and the united states? >> no i see nothing new in them the syrian president bashar al-assad suggesting or seeking dialog for quite a while and there is frankly nothing new in that. the real question is whether there is anything new in the american position and i think that there isn't anything new
there either. john carry's remarks were taken somewhat out of context because although he is quoted having said something about negotiation, what wasn't really reported was that his next sentence placed any negotiations in the framework of the geneva one communication of 2012 which specifically has been interpreted by the u.s. ever since as implying that assad would have to leave power because he could only remain there by mutual consent and that is something the sierran supporters do not believe to. >> reporter: so between u.s. and iran some suggest may lead to softening is leading to a softening to u.s. stance to bashar al-assad. >> it could happen and remains to be seen and there are different narratives of whether the syrian issue has been included in any way or linked-in
any way to progress on the u.s./iran nuclear talks. so far my sense is that there is no clear deal on the matter so there could be some positive fall out that is a lessening of regional tensions however that is not clear either. it may be to the contrary powers like saudi arabia and iran compete even more forcefully in other parts of the region as we see now in yemen for instance precisely because there has been a deal on the nuclear issue. it's as it was in the cold war between the united states and the soviet union, they fought all the more fiercely through proxies in other parts of the world precisely because they were not going to war with each other in europe so i frankly don't see anything that suggests the syrian president and regime are any more willing now than they were in the past to offer the most basic substantial concessions on power and i'm not
convinced that the u.s. as yet sees any real reason to soften its position without having more evidence that there is something in return. >> a top u.s. commanders on thursday told the senate that the u.s. government still hasn't decided on the level of support it might extend to syrian opposition groups which is training, what is the reason for the policy perhaps lack of decision on policy if it is not because the u.s. maybe rethinking its approach to bashar al-assad and iran? >> if there is a u.s. policy at all on syria then it is one of nonintervention while at the same time maintaining the policy of not recognizing the assad government or dealing with it. some people regard that as a non-policy, in other words, something that allows continuing drift but sit a clear position that has been taken by the obama administration all along. now, the training of the syrian rebel groups or opposition
groups which up to a year ago was billed as being something intended to acquire leverage against assad agreement to force it to negotiate seriously, now these training efforts are being framed entirely as targeting the islamic state in the current conflict and specifically excluded from that or at least not mentioned in that is anything about confronting the syrian regime. so i think that the statements by u.s. military commanders basically reveal the sort of ambivalence of u.s. policy and the fact that the training frankly is pretty modest it's going to take place over a long period of time with very likely limited impact on either the islamic state or the syrian regime. and even that of course as we see is still something quite ambivalent and i don't see the u.s. escalating assistance for
the time being, there are too many fires erupting all over the place in the region and i don't think it encourages the u.s. to be interventionist in syria. >> thank you for your thoughts. >> thank you. turkey parliament passed a new security law to give police new search and arrest powers and the president erdiwan needs to ratify it and powers are need for prevent violent protest and turkey police known for heavy handedness will abuse authority and we report from istanbul. >> reporter: police officer suspended after he screamed at a colleague to spray tear gas at protesters. in another incident four police officers were jailed for up to ten years for beating up this protester. critics say they are examples of a culture of police heavy handedness but believe abuses of
power are punishment and victim of the beating was 19-year-old and fell in a coma and died a month later in july 2013. >> translator: the date i heard the sentence read at the court i felt the same pain as the day i lost him. we were extremely disappointed. we thought there was still a shred of justice and a tiny bit of conscious existed and there was not one. >> reporter: the government says it was prompted to give police enhanced powers following riots in kurdish parts of the country last october when more than 50 people were killed. >> translator: government acted immediately as measures were needed to be taken against vandals who destroyed cities and set them on fire during october 6 and 7 incidents. >> security bill will allow police to detain people for 48 hours by inciting what they describe as serious threats to public order and they have also
been given broader powers to use firearms to prevent attacks on buildings, vehicles or people in public places. and they can now search people and vehicles without prior approval from a prosecutor or court. now human rights watch says in a report on the security bill that it is concerned by what it sees as plans to increase police powers without appropriate safeguards particularly alarming says human rights watch are plans to sideline the supervisory powers that the judiciary and prosecutors have over the police. there are thousands of protests in turkey every year and most are noisy but peaceful like this one opposing the security bill. the government says there is no threat to the constitutional right to freedom of assembly enjoy by turks now bernard smith in istanbul. a family of muslims must
remain in detention until their national naturaltys are proven 17 are being held in what is said said to be diplomatic tug of war with turkey and are from turkey and want to return there but they say they are from china's north region and scott has more from bangkok. >> reporter: this is in limb bow and the southern criminal court found detention because they illegal entered thailand is sound and that is something the attorney will appeal and something he says has other factors at play. . >> translator: this case is tied to politics and 17 people are from turkey and have family members back in their hometown. the passports they have are issued by the turkish interior ministry, not from the embassy here. >> reporter: and that politics in between turkey and china, the 17 people contend they are from turkey and have been given turkish task force and chinese
officials say they have not from turkey but from the province in china and not alone and 300 meagers in detention for illegally entering thailand so for the time being all are caught in this diplomatic tug of war. in a three-day lock down aimed at stopping the spread of ebola it's in force in sierra leone and president ordered everyone stay in doors from friday to sunday night and volunteers going door to door to educate people about ebola and sierra leone has been battling the virus that killed more than 10,000 people in west africa. at least one person has died and dozens of mobile homes have been destroyed as severe thunderstorm and tornados hid the midst west and arkansas and oklahoma tens of thousand without power and state of emergency declared for 25 oklahoma counties. let's get more weather with everton who is here with us, so what is in store for the midwest, everton?
>> sammy it will improve over the next couple days and we expect to talk about tornados this time of year and 80 is the average for march and we have seen 7 and a slow start to the season because winter lingered on in the u.s. and more winter in parts of the midwest over the next couple days and this area of cloud moving away from the eastern sea board brought tornados across the plains but this cold front just to the north there, just straggling is cold weather and the first is making its way from the mid-atlantic state and we have cold air coming in play and chicago is 4-5 degrees below what it should be. and new york and d.c. is about what we expect this time of year but cold air will come through and we will see it on the chilly side over the next day or so so as i said still feeling wintry for some and through the remainder of friday and wet weather sweeping its way away
from the eastern side of the u.s. and one celcius and three degrees as we go on through saturday. but there we go yet more snow there, just around new england and into new york and pushing in the eastern side of the u.s. fine and dry by this date and a few showers around oklahoma once again but to the west sammy it's very much on the warm side the heat wave continues. >> thanks so much everton and thousands of people have been protesting in mexico to mark six months since the disappearance of 43 students, parents staged a rally in the capitol mexico city, they don't accept the findings of a government investigation which says the students were killed by a drug gang. >> reporter: a really being held in el salvador and dressed in white people called for peace and justice, thursday was declared a public holiday so
everyone could join the march and they are a violent nation with high crime rates. go into any restaurant in the north atlantic with the pharroah islands and likely to see salmon on the menu and we will tell you what is driving demand. >> reporter: when russia ban certain imports from the european union in response to sanctions over ukraine, the salmon farming pharroah islands stepped in the breach the tiny nation in the north atlantic found itself with a monopoly of salmon sales to russia and unlikely winners on the fall out of eastern europe and no apologies. >> we are not part of eu and we trade ourselves and not with brussels because we are not an eu member. >> reporter: in 2013 brussels band mackerel over fishing
quotas and the prime minister who lobbied moscow hard was happy to take his business elsewhere. >> doing business with russia and boycotted just before out of eu and if you are boycotted from eu where should you go if eu is locking their harbor for us because we do not have agreement with the north atlantic then we need to find other markets and we are doing business as usual. >> reporter: the pharroah is up to production and price, by year end fresh salmon sales increased by 700% and many people there were happy to see the tiny, self governing nation exercising trade independence from the eu. >> we are not allowed to sell so we look for new market and there was russia. >> no one should tell us where we should sell to someone. if we decide to sell to russia i
believe that is the best for us to do. >> we will not have the pharroah island people be ill so pharroah has to go. >> reporter: they thrive in perfect atlantic conditions. >> producing salmon to the very high end consumer market around the world and looking for the sushi, high-end susi restaurants in the world and it's an interesting market. >> reporter: since separate last year russia has received almost all of its fresh salmon from these waters in the pharroah islands and 140 odd million sushi russians eat a lot of fresh salmon. that is a market they captured in the choppy waters of a new cold war al jazeera, in the pharroah islands. still to come on the show.
i'm daniel in dawson city home to a man who canada government says shouldn't have a passport identity or even a driver's license here. and as new astronauts head into space the future of the international space station itself is in doubt and find out why. in sport why this american basketball player is taking just the bare necessities to his new team. ♪
jazeera and saudi arabia and allies targeted houthi air defense systems in northern yemen part of a second round of air strikes against the shia group and the health ministry says 39 people have been killed in the past 24 hours. german police have searched the family home and apartment of andreas lubitz the germanwings copilot believed to deliberately crashed an air bus in the french alps and all 150 people on board were killed. syria's president says he is open to dialog with the united states to try and end the conflict in his country and bashar al-assad had an interview with c.b.s. and said no pressure should be put on their sovereignty. more on the saudi-led air strikes in yemen, the u.s. is one of the nations supporting the operation but there are questions about the extent of america's involvement, our white
house correspondent patty reports. >> reporter: within hours of the first air strikes in yemen u.s. officials came out to voice support for the audi, led effort promising logistics and intelligent help but in congress open questions about how much the u.s. is really involved. the top general in the region admitted the saudis only informed him right before the first bombs fell. >> isn't that a commentary on our relationship with saudi arabia and the other 13 countries and their coalition, that they would literally the day of their attacks they tell you that tell the united states of america they are going to launch a major campaign i mean that is really a fantastic indicator of the deterioration of the trust and confidence that these countries, particularly saudi arabia have in us. >> reporter: and the general couldn't answer one key question. >> what is your assessment of the likelihood of success? >> in yemen?
>> yes. >> again, senator, i don't currently know the specific goals and objectives of the saudi campaign and i'd have to know that to be able to assess the likelihood of success. >> reporter: analysts say from u.s. perspective the definition of success is a simple one. >> the u.s. basically would like to see stability there but they are not willing to pay any price for it. so letting the saudis do it enables us to achieve our goals without us being directly involved. >> reporter: the u.s. is considering sending saudi tanker and radar planes but for now officials say the u.s. contribution is advice and public support, patty with al jazeera in washington. i'm joined in the studio but a professor of middle east history attica at qatar and how
far do you think it will go? >> i think countries started already just to what i call to roadmap, to yemen after this you know operation finishes. i think what is appearing now that the g.c.c. have a plan that security council should be on board and there would be a roadmap and chapter 7. >> they want chapter 7 and is a good point >> they want an international community to be on board and want to have the stick in hand of someone and the progress of the, you know, political solution and they wanted to make sure also that he is out of the game 100% and it's very clear at this time they don't want him to by think in yemen and want to make sure that he is not there because there is a strong belief now he was, you know fully in charge of pushing the what we
are thinking. this roadmap seems to if it gets the support from international community. >> do you think it will? >> i think it will. it may face problem from russia because of the good relation between iran and russia, this is possible. there was a contrast last night between the president of iran and china and russia and it seems there is sort of diplomatic of sorts from iran to surrounding the effort of saudis, of pushing to that solution. but i think there will be also russians and chinese they will look at our interests and especially the end and what the saudis can give in the g.c.c. countries and it won't be easy but not impossible. >> let's talk about the actual fighting going on, strikes were now past 24 hours of strikes i think. what is the end result so far, degrading of the houthi air
capabilities and the strategy going on so far? >> the reports i was looking at this morning it's very clear that, you know the operation has achieved one important goal which basically is the houthis and iran i think realize there is something sinister going on and were surprised with the whole operation. and that is something psychologically has an impact. there are reports about how many they lost on different places in sanaa and today in other countries and they are significant places in yemen and have military bases and also have where an airplane and airforce for military purposes and targets according to sources from rhayad have been destroyed and houthis are using some of the cities to take in military weapons to the cities so to avoid attacking them and that
basically may lead to. >> civilian casualties. >> and this is very key point actually. i think according to the reports or some reports i was looking at this morning there is you know a new list of targets now that has been prepared with a consultation with the united states and that basically will go beyond the four cities main goal to aiden and other cities where there is possibility of military you know basis and some weapons and the houthis may hide them there so they are expected to see mortar gets in different places in yemen. >> campaign will widen thanks so much. >> thank you. now the uk prime minister david cameron has come out on top after the first televised debate in a closely fought national election according to an opinion poll right after debate and included britain involvement in libya intervention and saw the end of the gadhafi and said despite the
crisis he talked about the nato-led operation. campaigning winding down ahead of nigeria presidential election this weekend. president goodluck jonathan addressed the nation saying he cherished the democracy and asked people to cast their votes peacefully, opposition leader called on nigeria people to come out and vote to remove what he called an incompetent government from office and let's look at the two men vying for the top job and we will start here. >> reporter: he ruled nigeria from january 1984 until august 1985 after taking power in a military coup. mohamed has since tried and failed three times to become president. when he was in power the former military leader had a journalist without charge and ban public demonstrations but at 73 supporters say he has changed.
>> he comes with a history of being a fair person and comes with a history of not being corrupt and a country in the worst stages of corruption. this would be something that could be changed and that people want to see. he is popular among supporters and has an image of being incorruptible, humble and highly disciplined and when he was in power he introduced a policy called the war against discipline to bring back public morality and in which committing fault could result in death penalty. but critics say he doesn't have solution to the problems facing nigeria today. >> the change he is proposing is a wish list. to fight corruption. we don't know how. we have a fix of what the corruption would be what would it look like and what is better than they are doing and we don't
know how. >> reporter: and he supports democracy and said he will use employment and improve education and public services. when goodluck jonathan was elected president in 2011 nigerians rejoiced and were happy someone from a background and small ethnic group could rise to the highest office. his story resonated with the hopes and aspirations of millions. but four years later people are divided about his performance and whether he should be given another four years. >> administration and pushing the territory was taken over by a group boko haram. and we have sent thousands of nigerians being massacred. >> reporter: government says nearly all territories once controlled by boko haram have been reclaimd this the last four weeks and decline in number of attacks and the president supporters say he has tackled the number one issue for
nigerians, corruption. >> they fought to block the areas where corruption is at. if you look at the agricultural the sales and so forth about fertilizer and it was a major cess pit of corruption and he blocked loopholes and has reforms there and same in oil sector and same with oil subsidies and so on and so forth and he has blocked all the areas and introduced reforms and not allow people to have access to cash and steal money. >> reporter: nigeria has become africa's biggest economy and the government has invested in roads and facilities and privatized power and in doing so has created more than a million jobs. but according to the office of national statistics poverty has risen under his administration and despite criticisms president jonathan says he will win the election abuja nigeria. >> reporter: 170 million will be able to cast vote and election delayed by six weeks
because of security concerns and want to end the conflict with boko haram in the north of country and accused of using the fighting as political football instead of addressing insurgency and oil rocked the finances and weakened currency and not helped by corruption problems which still haunt nigeria political and business world. both sides are promising to do more to tackle the problem. we are joined now by james the u.s. ambassador to nigeria and bad to have you with us and it's not often that a secretary of state will visit a country a few weeks before the election why is the u.s. so concerned when it comes to the nigerian elections? >> well, i wouldn't say we are concerned, we are enthusiastic about supporting it and we are hugely invested here and want to see this election go well so i
think secretary visit in late january when kerry met with both presidential candidates was a gesture of friendship and support. >> do you think nigerian officials on all sides have done everything they can and should do to ensure that the elections will go smoothly and won't be violence? >> there has been a huge investment by the security services here the police are out in force all over the country, we know the police well here, we have been in touch with them and taking this responsibility very seriously. as your commentary noted it's a massive exercise tomorrow in this huge country but i think everything is in place for security. we will all be watching and all hoping that things go well. i'll be out myself with thousands of dedicateed election observers so we are quite optimistic, all systems are go. >> what would any election problems or violence mean for u.s. policy towards nigeria but towards the efforts, the u.s.
efforts toward boko haram? >> well i think we have been very clear that violence has no place in the democratic process. i have been talking about that myself for over a year. you will have seen that secretary kerry was quite clear about that when he was in legos. just this week we released here a video message from president obama to the nigerian people which he talks about the fact that violence has no place in the democratic process so i think if nothing else efforts along with efforts of nigerian civil society has a sense of accountability on violence and if it p what it happens and people doing it will be held accountable and we made progress on that and as we evaluate an election anywhere in the world violence and insecurity and that kind of thing during the actual voting itself are taken into consideration, but i choose to be quite optimistic about tomorrow's exercise and about the gubernatorial elections in
two weeks. nigeria is a huge friend and partner and let's see how it goes. >> glad you mentioned accountability for violence and foreign mediators have suggested or made allegations of supporting boko haram, do you see any evidence of that? >> no, i don't see any evidence of that. the poor people in the three northeast earn states that have been hardest hit by boko haram as you know many of them are displaced and we are doing everything we can to help them on a humanitarian footing. but the idea that somehow nigerian officials are complicit in this it's easy to say that but i see no compelling evidence to support that. >> thank you so much for your thoughts on that. now, in sport find out why this olympic champion has been forced to apologize to his country.
♪ welcome back now the u.n. estimates there are at least 10 million people worldwide who are not citizens of any country and that means they cannot get support from any government and daniel lack reports from canada's yukon territory where he met a man who is trying to prove he is canadian. >> reporter: some exercise for donavan as he gets his kids from school, not that he could pick them up in the family vehicle,
he never had a driver's license or a passport or a birth certificate. >> daddy why are you on the roof? >> reporter: his parents did not register his birth because they mistrusted government. for decades he wandered north america settling down recently to raise a family. in 2009 his past caught up with him. >> border agents showed up at my house and it was just me with my children at the time. unfortunately he came with an attitude that i wasn't canadian that i'm an american and i'm not. >> reporter: immigration authorities threatened to deport him unless he could prove links to canada and says he doesn't remember where he was born but he has lived here all his adult life and lately three heart attacks brought big medical bills and under canada healthcare system people without documents are on their own. >> my dog has more rights than i do. i am a nobody in the eyes of the government and i'm tired of being treated that way.
my parents made the choice and i'm the one that has had to suffer for it. >> reporter: he appealed to the federal citizenship minister to use his discretionary power to gain canada nationality and it's happening here and a place until the early part of the 20st century was not clearly defined as being part of the u.s. or british ruled canada. this photo of a u.s. independence day crowd frightened ottawa into fighting canada sovereignty here but authorities seem in no rush to address his predicament or that of dozens of other stateless people in canada. >> citizenship is very much framed in the language of the refugee osthe immigrant or the skilled immigrant so those particular classes are getting more and more attention and just citizenship in general for those
who do not have citizenship it's just not a priority. >> reporter: donavan and family await the canada government decision and hopes he might soon, 61 years on, call it his government, get a birth certificate and finally be a citizen of somewhere daniel lack al jazeera, dawson city. let's talk more about sports and here is andy. >> thank you very much and it's possible to go faster than formula one mercedes team and second quickest in practice ahead of sunday grand prix and was defending world champion lewis hamilton and started the second with an engine problem and teammate rossburg in third and also back in action after missing the australian grandpry due to concussion after he suffered a crash in preseason. the cost of hosting a grand prix is enormous and they pulled out
due to fees involved and south korea has hit a financial f 1 war following a four-year run after the 2010 and the grand prix has been dropped due to lack of sponsor ship and small crowds but it's an experience that has not stopped the country committing it to the 2018 winter olympics and from south korea rob mcbride reports. >> reporter: it's the world class circuit that was supposed to put south korea on the formula one racing map. but after just four grand prixs the racing world has largely forgotten it is here, unable to generate the local support or the revenue needed to keep formula one here the race track operators have been looking for other events and still the operators insist the circuit should not be viewed simply in dollars and cents. >> translator: a facility like this should be seen as a social investment instead of a business that has to earn revenue. the central government is
subsidizing various sports and motor spots and not yet as popular and government does not feel it has to sponsor us. >> reporter: at the root of the problem is planning and located in the relative south that has limited interest in motorsports and critics say a lack of foresight seems to be a national failing. >> when it comes to planning you really have to look at how to make these venues or the surrounding towns as a preferred or favorite destination place as opposed to a single venue but i'm not sure if we have done a good job of planning that way. >> reporter: south korea's third city certainly has enough people but the scale of the 2014 asian games it hosted last september it's still tackling the problem of finding new uses for the facilities. and it is deeply in debt.
we have high hopes and the main stage will find a new use but admits it could take years and it knows the whole country is watching as south korea prepares for its next sporting feit. construction is already well advanced for the 2018 winter olympics in pionchang and debate of cost and future use of the site but at least that debate is happening now rather than after the event. >> the biggest lesson from those past events i think is an opportunity for everybody to get involved in the planning stage and at least the dialog has begun. >> reporter: the operators say the olympics like formula one will encourage the growth of interest to fill these facilities. a strategy of if you build it they will come but experience has shown they might be a long time in coming. rob mcbride, al jazeera, south korea. >> 2016 hosts and france
suffered defeat since last year world cup and beat 3-1 and repeated the 1998 world cup final and did the day shops and now the country managers france took a lead but brazil won 3-1 and the 7th straight win since the 7-1 world cup loss against germany. defending european champion spain are back in qualifying action this friday against ukraine and spain and ukraine second and third in qualifying groups respectively and lead the group in c and spain without the injured striker kosta. the game is full for friday and australia is on top of group g going in the game and england four straight wins on top of group 8 and cane could debut against lithiwania.
>> we have seen over the last couple days when he gets a chance he is a goal foley and he has been excellent all season and i think it's great for english futbol who has a goal. >> reporter: south korea first olympic swimming gold medallist made public apology after failing a drug test winner of 400 free style at the 2008 beijing games was banned earlier this week and could return in time for next year rio olympics and 18 month ban has been backdated and will expire next march. >> translator: i want to say sorry to the people and apologize and not explaining the situation and hoping my mind sooner. >> reporter: basketball interesting characters is bearing down on his latest challenge, a former nba star who officially changed his name to world peace has signed up to play in italy, a 15-year nba
veteran gave him a name in 2011 to promote global peace and during a stint in china he started calling himself panda friend and with the 8th club he is happy to let people call him what they want. >> some people know me as ron and people that saw my career so they still call me ron and they call me ron so that is fine. most of the young players, young kids call me meta and everybody in china called me panda. so you can pick. >> reporter: he has to find himself retirement. >> i guess so thanks so much john b. russian launch crews on two continents putting final touches on rockets scheduled to blast off two hours apart and one is sending two european satellites in orbit from the amazon jungle and another car carrying a
three-man crew to the international space station and two crew members will stay in space for a near and nasa and russia are doubling the mission length but future of the international space station itself is in doubt as tom ackerman explains. >> reporter: one of the world's greatest engineering achievements thanks to 100 billion and more than 140 rocket and shuttle launches and 180 space walks. bigger than an american football field the international space station equals the weight of 300 cars and orbits the earth at 8 miles a second and from u.s. russia and 13 other nations where they performed hundreds of medical, plant and physics experiments but for nasa it is a stepping stone for earth to reach another planet. >> firmly on a journey to mars and make no mistake it will guide and define our generations. >> cost over runs and glitches
forced a scale back of the original grand design. >> the element that survived through it all was to facilitate human exploration further in space. >> reporter: iss was supposed to be shut down by 2020 but u.s. president barack obama committed to operation through 2024 and a government audit raised questions about that objective pointing to capacity for transporting large replacement parts at short notice and station solar panels wearing out sooner than expected and a matter of cost private money to maintain research projects has been running short and america's international partners have been slow in committing to extend their participation. they include russia who the vehicles are the only man transport to the station since nasa ended its shuttle program and private american companies have begun to deliver car goes and do to taxi astronauts by 2017 they complain their country
is getting the short end of the station's commercial stick. >> translator: we want to create problems for the russian rocket space industry. >> translator: the americans have been attempting to cause as much damage as possible to develop in the russian space. >> reporter: later this year a new russian cosmo drone will open for an orbit station in the next few years. >> nobody is making much of a profit in space these days and building a separate space station might be an attractive idea but that would be a huge investment of funds as well. >> reporter: so for this generation of enthusiasts the center piece of space exploration will remain the huge lego set some 300 kilometers above the earth, tom ackerman al jazeera, washington. stay with us here on al jazeera, another full bulletin of news that is coming up in just a couple minutes with jane.