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>> the new home for original documentaries al jazeera america presents only on al jazeera america welcome to the al jazeera news hour. coming up the saudi military says yemen's hoti rebels are moving towards its border as war planes intensify intensify air strikes strikes
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also syrian rebels take over a city in the north. a mass to commemorate those killed in the germanwings crash. saudi arabia says fighters continue to advance as they are bombing in yemen. there are no immediate plans to deploy across the border into yemen air strikes have destroyed most of the ballistics missiles which have been captured from
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the army. we will have more on the conflict shortly but first this update. >> militias are fortified inside buildings. right in the middle of civilian populations. the coalition forces are seeking to minimize civilian targets. >> on the ground in yemen, there's been a series of explosions at an arms depot in
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aden. dozens are said to have been killed. a military air base near the international airport has also been struck and just outside in the mountains, a weapon's depot has reportedly been destroyed. the conflict has dominated the arab league in egypt. they have been holding talks. the king of saudi arabia described the hutis as a grave threat across the region to security. >> these militia were able to sub vet the government and take volume of the states and institutions turning a blind eye to countries. they continue with hostile actions against the people in yemen and authority posing a threat to regional countries
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>> the president of yemen says the campaign is meant to protect the people of yemen. >> an am adamant to continue to exercise my authority as president. i call all the people of yemen to don't back the legitimate authority of yemen and to join forces to stand up to those militias. to take to the streets and peacefully demonstrate expressing their free will. >> i would like to reiterate on
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good relations with iran as a neighboring country. reiterating that this relationship is based on mutual respect of states sovereignties, and refrain from intervention in their domestic affairs. the president of yemen, hadi resorted to the coalition of arab states calling for help and assistance and this call was heeded based on the recent developments. we call on all the parties and political forces to lay aside their differences. there is no military solution to the crisis in libya. the only route out, the only exit is a political-democratic solution the impact of the war in yemen has been affecting the
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african country of jabuti with the influx of refugees from yemen. >>reporter: this is the port of jabuti. the crisis in yemen is proving a test for the tiny country. it's the closest port to yemen. ships from yemen dock here. so far, seven ships have arrived. five oil tankers and two carrying container >> we're assisting them to give them all the protection and handling that they need in the port to discharge the goods. it's very costly to keep a ship waiting, loading cargo. it can cost up to $50,000 u.s. dollars per day. >>reporter: jab jabuti sits across a vital maritime corridor
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that provides access to the red sea. it's the strait that separates yemen from jabuti. nearly 40% of global maritime trade is estimated to pass through the strait. much on its way to and from the suez canal. officials are expecting more ships from yemen in the coming days. air traffic has also increased. following the closure of yemen's air space and flights by its national carrier were all rerouted to jabuti. these are some of the hundreds of passengers still stranded in jabuti. >> we came from egypt. more than 20 people who have had surgery and are very ill. we appeal for help to return home. >>reporter: authorities say that
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they are preparing for up to 5,000 people in a town about 180 kilometers from here. the number could be far higher than that as more than 200,000 somoli refugees living in southern yemen could flee back through jabuti. to syria now where rebel groups have captured a city in the north was taken after five days of intense fighting. it's the second provincial capital to be fully controlled by the rebels. stephanie decker reports from neighboring lebanon. >>reporter: the syrian army is gone and opposition fighters are now in control here. the city has been under the syrian government for most of this war but after days of fighting, it's the rebels who are now in charge. this fight was undertaken by a newly formed coalition led by
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the al nusra front, around al quaeda affiliate. al jazeera talks to a fighter in the city. >> . >> all levels of fighting is under one name. >>reporter: celebrating in front of the governor's building fighters killed themselves in victory. this appears to show fighters returning home reuniting with their families after what they say is years on the battle field. geographically the city is hugely significant. it connects the roads from the south to aleppo further east and borders turkey to the east. close to a million people lived here including many forced to leave their homes elsewhere. now we're told thousands have fled during this recent
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offensive. air strikes have been carried out in the last four days unprecedented in this area because it had been in government hands. it was seen as a relatively safe haven throughout this war. for now, there doesn't appear to be a lot of concern here. the fighters are too busy revelling in their takeover of this significant city. it's the second provincial capital to fall out of government hands. the fight took four days and it's a huge blow to morale for the syrian army big success for al nusra. what does this mean?
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will more groups want to work with them? >> certainly the city in opposition that's been squeezed between the assad regime on the one hand and isil on the other hand has been divided and has been basically incapacitated by the polarization between the two bigger parties. now it seems that they are coming to work more closely together at least operationally so under that one name. in some ways i think it's probably a coalition of necessity in syria under the forces of the regime. with the fog of war of course comes a lot of vagueness and uncertainty so it's not clear exactly what this means. is this the beginning of something larger than this? is this a turning point in the fight in northern syria against
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the regime? are we to expect maybe now a greater turkish coordination in syria? all of that of course remains to be seen but is this city now liberated from the forces of the syrian regime? yes, it is. >> one of the problems of course with this opposition is that with -- the syrian opposition is that there hasn't been a unity. it's so fragmented if the certainly a more unified opposition would be a more formidable opposition to the syrian government. >> some groups did come under certain coalitions and others didn't. i must say the fighting conditions of course are not easy in syria and the proxy
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influence by so many factors and countries in the region and outside the region of course have also helped dividing the city in opposition. there's lots of blame to go around including on those very senior groups as well. but if as i said there would be more coordination between saudi arabia and turkey in the days months to come then i would probably expect more unity among the syrian opposition along the lines of course with that free syrian army.
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apparently whether the opposition in the region or in syria are taking matters into their own hands and are acting accordingly. >> we are seeing countries in the arab league and arab world taking more action just in yemen over the past few days. could we see the same take place in places like syria? >> this is probably the most important development that we've seen that i do think is the beginning of something which is the saudis acting in yemen after they've basically given up on the united states leading some sort of an action there. >> so you know as the united states takes a backseat in the region and only concentrates on its own very immediate concerns which is isil various numbers
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of countries in the region are taking matters into their own hands. so the egyptians now are becoming more robust and aggressive on the question of libya. iran is becoming more aggressive on the question of iraq. now of course saudi arabia moving in yemen. will turkey move next in syria? that remains to be seen. but certainly we've seen regional powers take matters into their own hands because everyone has given up on the obama administration leading once again the various groups in the region or deploying forces in the region. all of that of course is gone and now we've seen attempts within the chaos, confusion, incapacity of uniting those sometimes desperate, at times gambling, at times calculated unity or coalition for example between saudi arabia or egypt in this case or saudi arabia and
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turkey. whether they are successful or not remains to be seen but it's certainly a new development with the likes of saudi arabia and turkey and not leaving it up to the iranians to influence events in syria and yesmen. >> thank you. still to come relatives and friends honor their loved ones lost in the germanwings plane crash. the deadline looming for an agreement on iran's nuclear program. french and german foreign ministers arrive for talks in switzerland. plus, a civilian name is on top of the timesheets in malaysia. robin standing by with details.
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millions of people in nigeria voted for their next the president -- their next president. computer problems have been a problem. the front runner is president good luck jonathan. our correspondent has the latest from one place hit by the glitches. >>reporter: mixed responses. some are happy things were going well and without a hitch and then others are quite frustrated. like people sitting here. they're not here because they want to be. they are here because they have to. they're told that they don't have voting materials. so people are frustrated and confused saying after a delay in the elections, why then don't officials seem to have some things in place in some polling stations not just here but other
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parts of the country too. >> we believe after six weeks postponement -- we are now here same juncture. >> we're not happy. we want to go back home and rest. they've been on their feet. we don't think this election is being well managed by whoever is running it if the. >>reporter: despite the delays and frustration, many in the lines say they just want to see a better nigeria. they want jobs, the economy, issues of corruption addressed. and basically they want a better infrastructure in the country. they want to see a better country for themselves and their families. >> we're joined now by an
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independent researcher on war and conflict study. he also specializes in boko haram. very good to have you with us on al jazeera. so certainly some glitches in this election but overall how do you think it's gone? this is of course hugely important. africa's biggest population biggest economy. >> actually from what we've seen so far, it has not been too bad really but there are a few disappointments here especially with occasions of shootings and ballot snatching and other places where the leg to recall commission could not get material to start elections on time which is now necessitating
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the voting to continue to tomorrow. otherwise, i think it has been good so far and we hope maybe the violence that we have seen now should not escalate beyond this point. with the results coming out, a few of them unofficially are showing that there is kind of a result by nigerians to peacefully allow the process to hold. >> do you think that the main issues were addressed in this election? the issues of security, economy, corruption and what is meant to be what many say is the tightest race in nigeria for many years now? >> yes. particularly the issue of corruption as far as this election is concerned and the opposition has emphasized that if elected he'll do his best to
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kill corruption before corruptional kills nigeria. so it has immensely influenced votes towards him. and the economy we're all aware of what's happening to their economy at the moment. nigeria has been a very rich country of course with oil wealth but then we're seeing the institution where many people are unable today receive their wages for months because state governments are not able to get their allocation from the federal government. one key thing coming out of this election is the nigerian government going ahead to diversify the economy which the opposition says it will do. >> just lastly the nigerian government has said they want this election to be free, fair transparent and the military has arrested two of our journalists
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who had all the requirements to work and cover this election. just how concerning is this? >> it is unfortunate that the military is allowing itself to play into politics. we have seen a few cases where communications have been carried out even during this election where the opposition has complained like in some states like rebel states where the governor is complaining that there's an attempt to muzzle the opposition out of the process and this whole show of power play by the military would in the end discredit this election if it is allowed to escalate. but i don't expect that and i hope the government particularly the president will prevail on the military and call them to order so that they do not tarnish the image of the election so far as we've seen.
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let's get the news from europe now. david foster is in our london news center. >>reporter: elizabeth, thank you very much indeed. europe's foreign policy chief says negotiations in switzerland have never been closer to a deal on iran's nuclear program and time is of the essence. there is only until tuesday to agree to the parameters of a deal with would see at the ran's nuclear program reduced in exchange for sanctions relief. here's this update. >>reporter: these talks are at a crucial phase. last week and for the past three days, it was the u.s. secretary of state and the iranian foreign minister who were negotiating. now foreign ministers from other countries have arrived or are on their way. first to get here the french foreign minister.
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>> iran absolutely has a right to nuclear power for civilian purposes but as for a nuclear bomb, it's a no. discussions have been long, difficult but they're pressing ahead. what's important obviously is the content of the agreements but i also insist on transparency and controls so any agreement made is respected. >>reporter: germany's foreign minister has also arrived. the u.k. russia and china are expected here during the weekend for what are expected to be intense discussions. one session between the u.s. secretary of state and the iranian foreign minister, both joked the talks may continue at all hours of the day. >> i'm expecting the evening today, evening, night, midnight. >> morning. >>reporter: among the iranian delegation, there seems to be growing confidence but the u.s. energy secretary who's heading
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the technical discussions for his country was giving nothing away. >> are things going well? >> they're going. >> are you hopeful you might get a deal this weekend? >> they're going. >>reporter: the hotel where the talks are taking place looks out over the lake and the alps. germany's foreign minister has told reporters when he looks at the mountains, it reminds him that the hardest part of any climb is the last bit. that's where we are with these negotiations. the co-pilot of the germanwings flight that crashed into the alps was apparently seeking treatment for vision problems which may have affected his ability to fly. a former girlfriend said he also often woke from nightmares about a plane going down. a memorial service is being held in france near the crash site.
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>>reporter: at the alter, there were 150 candles. one for each victim. relatives and locals came together to remember them. >> it's terrible horrible for the families. there are no words to this. i'm broken. >>reporter: on the mountain side, the task of recovering remains and wreckage continues. it will take another two weeks. the second black box is still missing but the need for its data is less urgent now that the cause of the crash is clear. trying to understand what drove the co-pilot to such a heinous act is the focus of the investigation. one german newspaper quotes a former girlfriend saying lubitz worried his health problems threatened his career and talked of doing something dramatic that people would remember him for. german doctors say he was undergoing treatment for an unspecified medical condition
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and was flying despite being told not to. he had a history of depression. that has raised questions about his airline's assessment of his suitability to fly. at the destination airport of the flight passengers paid tribute but also signalled their determination to continue flying. >> i just our airlines. i've flown countless times. i don't have a problem with it. it was very sad of course and i shed some tears when i heard about it but now we have to move on if it's okay to say that. >>reporter: on friday europe's aviation agency recommended all airlines adopt a policy of having two crew members in the cockpit at all times. germanwings have promised immediate compensation of over $50,000 but given what is now known about the cause of this tragedy, the final bill for compensation will be much
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higher. the remains of some of the passengers of flight mh-17 which was shot down over ukraine last year have been sent to the netherlands for further investigation. 298 people died when the malaysian airlines plane crashed after it was shot down in the ukraine. the russian ruble is now being used as currency in an eastern european city. it's expected that as of next month, some salaries and pensions will also be paid in rubles. pro-russian rebels have been fighting ukranian soldiers for more than a year in the area. a russian spacecraft has successfully docked with the international space station for a year-long joint mission with
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the u.s. it arrived at about 1:30 g.m.t. on saturday. a russian astronaut and an american astronaut will be the first to spend 12 months at the station. back to you, elizabeth. thank you very much, david. still to come on the al jazeera news hour. drastic measures to stop ebola spreading in sierra leon. give me $20 debit card shook my hand released me. >> and the tragic story of a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he didn't commit. plus. >> china's all-out efforts to secure another international
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saudi arabia's military is advancing towards yemen's border as air strikes intensify. huzis are said to be firing antiaircraft guns against coalition jets. the campaign against them won't stop until yemen is safe and stable. syrian rebels led by the al quaeda-linked group al nusra have captured a city from government forces. and voting in nigeria has been extended to sunday because of computer glitches. >> the war in yemen, the yemeni president has asked for a cease
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fire. >> i appeal to the arab leaders and tell them we urge you to left the siege because i hold you responsible for any drop of blood that will be shed in yemen after today. i call upon you in the name of the general people's congress and the yemeni people, all of them. i urge every one to stop the fighting and every city every region, every village. >> a coalition of ten states led by saudi arabia has been striking targets in yemen for the past three days. they're also imposing a no-fly zone over the country and have deployed 100 fighter jets naval units, and 150,000 troops are on stand by. war ships are being contributed by all gulf allies. the u.s. military is providing logistical and intelligence support for the operation.
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>> so we're now seeing three days of massive air strikes in yemen, continuing air strikes i believe as we speak now in the capital. what options do the huzis have now? >> well i think the option seems to be nothing. zero. the coalition forces are now controlling the air space of yemen. the yemeni seas are also under control of the saudi coalitions navy. so they are going nowhere. i think if they are lucky, they will agree to go to -- today we have had the former president is
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their strongest ally seemingly is going leave them. he is presenting himself to the arab leaders in egypt. that he is a mediator. so he has taken himself away. they are so weak now and the tribes and tribesmen are now taking the initiative to attack forces and push them back from the front borders from the borders. it's so difficult for them. they can't, like you know fight against the aircraft the
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war craft. they can't even remove their tanks from one city to another. they are trying to hide their fighters. everything is seemingly out of control in their hands. i think the only way is to announce that they are ready to go through negotiations outside the country. >> thank you. now, guinea is beefing up security along its border with sierra leone to stop people from trying to escape an ebola lockdown. the police and military are preventing people from leaving their homes. >>reporter: the only people allowed on the streets are health workers and the police and military officers enforcing a lockdown to stop ebola from spreading. while the country's 6 million
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people are at home ebola response teams are going door to door and isolating new cases. >> we've been in this fight for almost ten months and people are beginning to become complacent so we just want to remind them that we still have ebola even though it's only in four out of the fourteen districts. >>reporter: most people are doing what they've been told and understand why there's a need for such strict measures. >> it's the right thing to do the only way for the government to stop ebola. >>reporter: the ebola virus spread from guinea to other parts of west africa more than a year ago. there are border controls between sierra leon and liberia which are on the verge of being declared ebola free. >> the only thing we need is international support. you will see that we'll continue to fight the battle and succeed. we will not get anymore cases on
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this side or that side. >>reporter: ebola is spread through bodily fluids and causes fever, diarrhea severe bleeding, and often death. two new vaccines are being tested in liberia. ebola needs to be controlled across the whole region. >> the numbers in sierra leone and in guinea are also down from their peak but with ebola which is a very unusual infection, when you have an outbreak of ebola, until you have essentially gotten under control the very last case and you're down to zero there's always a threat of a rebound. >>reporter: it is one of the most dangerous viruss known and tough actions like a three-day
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lockdown might just tip the balance against it. >> troops in somolia have forced al shabaab gunmen from mogadishu. >>reporter: they were holed up for 12 hours inside this hotel. they blasted their way in and sprayed bullets at anyone in their way. some people jumped out windows to escape and loud explosions were heard. >> a suicide car bomber went off at the rear entrance of the hotel and then gunmen attacked and that caused more casualties. i saw injured people being taken to the hospitals. >>reporter: a unit of special forces engaged the attackers in a fire fight that lasted until saturday morning. the african union mission in somolia also joined the operation to rescue hostages. among those killed was somolia's permanent representative to the
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u.n. in geneva. many government officials also were caught in the siege. the ho tell is popular among diplomats, politicians, and journalists. the group launches frequent attacks often killing civilians and this siege is further proof of its threat to stability in somolia. now a u.s. man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he didn't commit is fighting for compensation. glenn ford was released from prison last year after new evidence proves his innocent and after decades of poor medical care, he's now been diagnosed
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with cancer. >> these are the only ones that i have. >>reporter: after 30 years on louisiana's death row, glenn ford was released with a shrug. >> the warden said it was a minor mistake made on their behalf and he was sorry. gave me $20 debit card shook my hand, and they released me. >>reporter: a minor mistake? >> yeah. >>reporter: what did he mean minor mistake? >> i don't know. i didn't even want to question it. i just accept it for what it is and got up. >>reporter: he walked out of angola a free man today. >>reporter: hiss first steps in march of last year were covered on the local news. state authorities said evidence emerged that ford was neither present at nor a participant in the murder of a louisiana jeweler in 1983. he just received a new diagnosis from his doctor. >> my cancer has spread to my
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ribs spine, and brain. >>reporter: the state says if it knew then what it knows now, ford may never have been arrested or indicted. but the record shows there's always been clear evidence that others committed the murder and yet they kept him on death row. >> it cost me 30 years. it's still happening. >>reporter: under state law he's eligible for a maximum of $330,000 in compensation around $11,000 for each year wrongfully behind bars. it won't even cover his medical bills. but the louisiana attorney general is contesting ford's claim arguing compensation may be denied without the state proving any fact. the petitioner on the other hand must prove a negative. he must prove that he did not
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commit any crimes based upon the set of facts used in the original conviction. the attorney general declined to be interviewed but ford must now prove he did not handle any crimes stolen during the murder. he now lives at a refuge for former death row prisoners, set up by a man who spent 18 years on death row. >> they want to play god and people who did this they done sent their children off to college. >>reporter: glenn ford is destitute. >> i'd like to spend time with my family and they're in california and i'm here. i have no means of going there. >>reporter: the litigation is expected to last for several more months at least. still ahead on al jazeera,
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he's one of the last of a very old profession. and in sports history is made for this indian badmitton player. >> every sunday night al jazeera america presents the best
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documentaries. this week... >> i felt like i was just nothin'. >> for this young girl, times were hard. >> doris' years in a racist, impoverished setting had a major impact. >> but with looks... charm... >> i just wanted to take care of my momma. >> and no remorse... >> she giggles every time she steps into the revolving door of justice. >> she became legendary. >> the finer the store the bigger the challenge. >> al jazeera america presents: "the life and crimes of doris payne". tomorrow, 10:00 eastern. it's time for sports news now. >> let's start on the formula one track. the mercedes clenched pole position during the qualifying session. hamilton is the reigning world champion and will be looking for
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his second this season. >> obviously when it starts to rain here it can mix things up. it's an interesting qualifying
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question. >> i don't think it's realistic that i'll be available to play the next world cup so i believe it's the right time. >> new sow land fans have been descending on melbourne. >> it's been a great ride so far but this is the ultimate game for us to be able to play. i think there's a sense of excitement about what we're going to be able to do.
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>> it's the prize that fewer and fewer countries seem to want or be prepared to pay for. that's the bid for the winter olympics of 2022. it's down to just two
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contenders. >> more people would become interested in skiing. >> this year the inspectors are in china to evaluate progress. only two bids this one and khazakstan are in the race both pledging to abide by new rules on human rights and discrimination. >> we have nondiscrimination on a reinforced clause on the whole city contract. it has been discussed. and we have then reassurance that it would lead up to the expectations from the olympic movement. >> after the excesses of the
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2014 games in sochi and with fears about costs causing other bidders to withdraw beijing has been careful to keep its budget down to about $3 billion and is promising to reuse venues used in 2008 and to use already built mountain facilities. >> the committee has given u.s. an appraisal of china's efforts to make good use of 2008 venues.
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lack of snowfall didn't stop winter games in south korea or russia from being awarded the games. and a brand new ski field closer to beijing would work just fine. she's the first indian woman to be named the number one player in the world in badmitton. she was really tested. closing for sunday's final, 21-15 and 21-11.
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the anaheim ducks are headed to the nhl playoffs beating the struggling new york islanders to secure a western conference post season place. the ducks 3-2 winners in this one. for new york their third straight loss the world's most expensive horse rate. it took place on saturday. prince bishop had a rather slow start but managed to storm from the back to win the race. the he walks away with $5 million from this event. california chrome came second. that's the sports. thank you. thank you very much. now building boats in the pharoh islands is a centuries old
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tradition and very few are left who can do it like the vikings did. >> my father learned it from my grandfather after my great grandfather passed it on. i am the fourth general operation to build these boats. it has its origins in the viking long boats that explored the atlantic hundreds of years ago. >> it's the urge that keeps me going when i wake up at 7:00 o'clock in the morning. it's not because i have to go to work. it's because i have this urge to create something. it gives me great pleasure to create and see it turn into
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something useable. it's beautiful participate in everything and to play in the workshop and help. sometimes that annoys the adults but we saw how things were made.
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that never happened before. before we used an action to create. tradition of other people so closely connected to the sea. al jazeera. now, car enthusists are taking part in the national cherry blossom festival. it's a symbol of friendship types of things. multicolored american flag designs and cherry blossom prints filled the air around the washington monument. that is it for this news hour. i'll be back with another full news hour in just a few minutes.
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this week on "talk to al jazeera" u.n.i.c.e.f. executive director anthony lake. >> you see children everywhere who have not given up hope. if they haven't given up hope, what possible excuse can we have for giving up hope? as the syrian war enters its fifth year he says critical efforts are needed to stop millions of children becoming a lost generation. >> every one of those numbers is an individual child. but these kids are losing their childhoods. from syria and iraq, to the central african republic