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american dream hard earned only on al jazeera america er. >> hello i i'm lauren taylor. this is live from london. coming up, the cease-fire between houthi fighters and the saudi-led military begin in yemen after weeks of fighting. sanctions against russian could be lifted, but only if vladimir putin keeps miss word on ukraine. a huge after shot aftershock kills dozen ms. nepal.
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another day of chaos in burundi's capital as protests against the president go on after a third week. >> and the stalemate in spanish football continues. barcelona threw the final of the champions league while is real madrid get ready for the event. ment. >> we begin in yemen where a five-day humanitarian cease-fire when begins. we're getting reports of houthi tanks shelling residential areas in the southwestern city of taiz. and this was the city of taiz just a few hours before the truce. ten people were killed and 60
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injured including dozens of children when houthi struck the struck. the u.s. is warning iran from staging a stunt that could threat the cease-fire. the pentagon said all aid supplies need to be redirected to an u.n. distribution hub in djibouti. hashem ahelbarra is standing by in riyadh. let's look at why the truce was called for in the first place. 1400 people have died since the campaign of saudi-led airstrikes began on march 19th. the sea air and land blockade led to severe shortages of fuel,
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water, food and electricity. it's estimated 25 million people are facing shortages of supplies. this is a country already poorest in the arab world with half of the population living below the poverty line. we're live first in the saudi capital of riyadh. what indications are you getting about the state of the cease-fire and whether it's holding at this stage? >> reporter: well, lauren, the cease-fire is coming to to effect. this is the concern that has been voiced by many in yemen.
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it's forcing all the parties to pave way for the international aid stricteling in the country. >> you have reports of shelling. give us the significance of that area and why that would be meaningful. >> this is where they would further consolidate their presence. they've trying to bring forces there. forces loyal to abd rabbuh mansur hadi have been preventing
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the houthis from moving into the city of aden. i think this is one of the areas that have to be monitored in the coming days. because this is where the weather potential cease-fire. >> how difficult is it going to be to work out if it's holding enough to make a difference? >> they've been very active in areas at the same time you have street battles spreading.
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i believe they're trying to pin down the forces who are loyal to ali abdullah saleh. implementing across the country and attacked with the president abd rabbuh mansur hadi who is based here in riyadh to insure that a cease-fire is implemented across yemen. >> they told al jazeera that there is strong support for national dialogue.
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>> what we've had so far in our meeting with president hadi, we're asking for political dialogue. and at this moment they're still optimistic. we want to talk about the to the u.n. security council. >> thank you very much for coming in. so a critical point for the people in yemen who have been suffering as a result of the conflict going on. give us a flavor of the humanitarian situation is and how people are functioning there. >> it is terrible. people have been hit by airstrikes in recent days..
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"t" has led to many civilian homes being destroyed. and the results of the airstrikes and the shelling you have issues like water. people can't get water. people can't get cooking gas. people can't get fuel to really function and live their lives. the humanitarian situation, it's a terrible humanitarian situation across the country. >> what difference will it be? >> i'm sure it will be welcomed in the short term but five days is not going to be enough to improve the situation. there is going to be a need for complete--complete and utter stop to the fighting in yemen. to the conflict and resolution to the conflict, which has deep-seeded causes that could proven to be impossible. >> we heard there from the u.n.
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envoy talking about the need for political dialogue. how far off--obviously--what are the red lines in trying to establish a political dialogue? >> this is the issue right now. there seems to be from either side. the houthis this war did not start on march 26th. it did not start with the airstrikes. it started prior to that with the expansions of houthi air forces. at the moment if you go to sanaa you'll see posters going on around the city, and you've got
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political prisoners imprisoned in answer loan locations across the country. and it's a seen of mass destruction. putting away the social fabric of the countries, how to restore that and how to really emerge as an united country again. >> thank you very much, indeed. we appreciate it. >> the u.s. secretary of state has met the russian president for the first time since the ukraine crisis began in 2013. john kerry and vladimir putin discussed ukraine iran and libya. kerry said that sanction on russia could be lifted if the
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treaty in minsk was honored. >> if the minsk treaty is honored by far is the principled path to peace. and those agreements must be implemented, the sooner the better. i must say that we found a fair amount of agreement as sergei discloses that we continue to disagree on certain components on the walk up to it, certain facts, but we're both in significant agreement on a the most important issue of all. which is it will be resolved by the full implementation of minsk. >> one of the key issues discussed were the crisis in ukraine. we share the view that it's only
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possible to resolve the issue in a comprehensive and full implementation of the minsk agreement. >> we're live at the state department. what practical terms comes out of this beyond suggestions that they seem to understand each other better? >> well, it's a reaffirmation for leaders to talk with each other about so many critical issues around the world. it doesn't mean, however lauren that, the u.s. and russia are going to be enjoying closer relations any time soon. even though they share concerns about the ongoing civil war in syria about the situation in yemen, about the status of the iranian nuclear talks t has posed to be a roadblock in their relationship.
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the u.s. is opposed to the russian takeover of the crimean peninsula. they believe that crimea belongs to ukraine. and they're very critical of russia's flouting of the two minsk agreements that was supposed to end the military tensions in eastern ukraine and set the stage for some sort of political reconciliation in that country. and in the u.s.' view russia has not done anything to make that possible, and so a warmer, closer relationship isn't going to happen, at least not any time soon. >> you say it's not going to happen any time soon, but the fact that they sit down with each other in a meeting at a high level mean anything at all? >> it makes in difference to reaffirm that relationships are not so strained that these two countries can't discuss their differences. a that is what they did. the secretary of state john
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kerry speak out a short time ago saying he had frank discussions about the many issues facing both countries and in diplomatic terms. frank is pretty honest, pretty blunt, and basically not sugarcoating anything that the two sides had to say about their views on the situation. but they do have diplomatic relations. they don't always agree. there certainly is concern about both countries' efforts to extend their influence around the world. after more than a year of sanctions and really tough talk about what has been happening in ukraine, some analysts suggest it might well have been time for the russians and the americans to sit down and at least have a face-to-face conversation. >> thank you very much, indeed. still ahead on the news hour.
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>> we meet some of the migrants stuck in league limbo in italy. plus allegations from beyond the grave. the murdered politician boris nensov. evidence >> an aftershock has hit nepal nearly three weeks after the earthquake. the shock brought down many buildings that were weakened by the april 25th earthquake and created panic. andrew simmons reports from the capital of kathmandu. >> we living a nightmare just
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when people gun to believe that they could return to something near normality. >> no one wants to be inside a building when what follows are half a dozen aftershocks in minutes. a man is running after orphanage filled with children. >> i tried to jump out of the building. then i got hurt. then my children were crying. remarkably no one was hurt.
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outside is panic as people try to get to cellphones to tell family and friends that they're alive. >> everyone started running. this place is dangerous. we have to leave. >> people have become scared in their minds. they don't know how they're going to live. going into a building you don't know what will happen. >> search teams found themselves trying to save lives again. >> as if one major earthquake wasn't enough, this was a family home. and an american search team is deploying, and this was a 19-story department block now totally destroyed. there is a high level of fear. in some cases sheer terror that exists now. many people are fleeing the capital. but they'll find little comfort out of the city. andrew simmons al jazeera,
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kathmandu. >> the u.n. development program said that nepal must work to improve its infrastructure to reduce the impact of future disasters. it's crucial that building rules are properly enforced. >> right now the relief operations the key things getting people some how established in temporary accommodations and getting that relief through. but it leads with the u.n. together with the world bank and other partners supporting the government with the post disaster needs assessment. for the nepal lease government and for development partners huge priority is give be to properly managing that risk and building the infrastructure with nepal so that a catastrophe like this does not wipe people's hopes and lives out like this
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again. but nepal is a least developed country. even though it has good measures like a building code which would protected people in the event of an earthquake, it does not have the capacity to enforce that code. a lot of circumstances have con fired against nepal and i really hope in the after mast of the catastrophe from the 25th of april on, the political parties the people of nepal will reunite around what is important, which is development in which disaster risk protection plays a huge part. >> smugglers have taken journey and one teenageer is trying to build a life in catania.
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>> time seems to be standing still. he was 17 years old when he was taken from libya. he was put into a center for minors and his dream have been put on hold. >> i go to schooli want to go to school. it's been a waste of time. some people, they have talents they have knowledge. >> he has applied for asylum, but it's been a long-term process. they are dealing with tens of thousands of applications leaving many in legal of limbo. around 70 young people are housed here, and many of them were only supposed to stay here for a short time but there is nowhere else for them to go. so they are waiting for this
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lengthy process to play out for an extremely long time. these young men complain about the conditions here here four and six to a room, and they often don't get the money they're promised. the money drips in,. >> the lack of money means i can only offer an inefficient service, not even a cheap one. i can't buy clothes very often and their weekly pocket money i can only deliver every two months. that's why some of the boys are not happy. >> they'll have their dreams and this long wait means they're getting incredibly frustrated. young men usually full of energy, their future weighs heavily. >> i can't get a good education or a good life. in the future i want to care for my family. >> some describe them as the
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invisible ones. >> all of our efforts and it is right, is to take care of the people who risked their life at sea. but then once they arrive at the port we forget about them. they get stuck in the system, and they can't fulfill their hopes. this is a forgotten tragedy. >> there is beauty and hope against all odds. with patience and faith they say they'll wait for the opportunity they have risked everything for. stephanie dekker, al jazeera, catania, sicily. >> the organization to find and rescue hundreds of migrants stranded at sea and at risk of death. indonesia navy has redirected a boat full of migrants to the malaysian coast and said it will not accept any more boats carrying rohingya migrants.
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we'll hear from our correspondent in jakarta. we have this report. >> the job of this agency is to monitor and protect the waters around malaysia so they parole looking for illegal fishermen people smuggleing goods as well as humans. now their job has become incredibly important after the arrival of more than a thousand migrants from myanmar and bangladesh this week. now this is admiral tan. with your experience you've been with the agency for ten years. you're seeing more and more people coming to malaysia via sea. are you concerned about this? >> yes very concerned.
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>> so we're getting reports from indonesia that authorities over there if they have seen any more boats of rohingya muslims to their water they'll give them food and fuel and send them in malaysia's direction. what is your response to this? >> we try not to allow them to enter. >> so the maritime agency here is on alert for more arrivals. they have asked for reinforcements of three more vessels, and they will anti-ing up their patrols in the waters around malaysia. >> the indonesia military has confirmed that no boats with rohingya from myanmar are no
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longer welcome here. they have pushed back one boat on monday back out of indonesia waters and given them directions to malaysia. what happens is that they saw that there were a lot of people on the boat, around a thousand they described it, and there were even screams coming in the boat. there was a bad smell, it was a bad situation. they gave people water food, medication and fuel a and pushed them back. earlier on sunday two boats were accepted because these people already managed to make it ashore. this new policy the military is describing is different than in the past because since 2009 indonesia has been accepting boats with rohingyas in different parts of indonesia and many have arrived. a few thousand have arrived in indonesia, and they were all accepted and handed over to the unhr or the international organization for migration.
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so this is a different policy right now. >> we'll look at some of the other main headlines. in syria people have been killed in a bomb attack at a bus station in aleppo. it was hit by a barrel bomb dropped by government forces and most of the dead are civilians. macedonia intelligence chief has resigned. at least 22 people died during an operation against an armed group. a blogger was hawked to death 33-year-old put together several websites including one that was put together by a writer who had been murdered in february.
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>> libya's institutions are in a near state of collapse. a lack of a central government with increased armed conflict in the country. and contributed to a rise in migrant boats in europe. it comes during a briefing to the u.n. security council. >> innocent civilians continue to bear the brunt of the deteriorating security situation. the frequency and brutality of assassinations terrorist attacks threaten the workers human rights defenders, and for women in particular it's especially troubling. libya continues to be flit by two governments vying for legitimacy. >> heavy gunfire has been hurd in burundi's capital as protests against the president continue. a protesters grabbed one policewoman into the street,
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accuseing her of firing on them. she was released. the u.n. said that 20 people have been killed since the protests began. >> here we want good leadership because the people are suffering as you can see here today. this is not what we want. police are now killing civilians. even my friend is injured. >> malcolm web is following the story for us. >> this is what remains of the office of the ruling party in this neighborhood after protesters destroyed it. the ruling party have small offices offices in every town throughout the countryside and also in the suburbs throughout the city. the protesters say that after the police shot at them they became angry and came in and destroyed this one. the walls have been smashed in, and all the papers and furniture from inside have been taken. >> around the corner we met a protester who wanted to talk with us.
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she said her cousin who called a meeting had been shot. >> we had finished protesting when a policeman tried to shoot me. i did not get shot, but my cousin was shot and died. what we're asking them is to give us the bonding so we can bury him. >> just down the road is the house of the local administrator. he's the supporter of the ruling party. the people live hearing say that when he was killed protesters brought his body out here to demonstrate. they forced their way in, ransacked the house. the at administrator ran away and they brut his car out here and set it on fire. in is the first time that we've seen local officials from the ruling party being targeted this way. >> still ahead on al jazeera, the word on the streets in washington is snub. we look at what could be behind the latest rebuff by saudi arabia to president obama's talks at camp david. and it is thought that one of sports biggest stars fights to clear his name after being
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>> a look at the top stories here on al jazeera. a cease-fire has been in place in yemen for more than an hour now, but houthi tanks have sheffield united residential areas in the city of taiz. this was just hours within the truce, and ten people were killed in the attack of the building. major kerry wassecretary of state john kerry speaks with vladimir putin putin. in nepal after seahawks aftershocks where 45 people were killed in the tremor. this news coming from japan where an earthquake hitting the island according to a geological survey.
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the headache was centered 125 kilometers. japan. we'll have more. >> what are their hopes for the cease-fire. we know there have been some reports. >> there was complete silence after the cease-fire started. and just everybody was on the wait and anticipated to know really if this is really happening. at the same time in taiz and there are still fighting.
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and there were heavy airstrikes by the saudi-led coalition. there still exists tension just hours before the cease-fire. >> this really puts everyone in a bad feeling--very bad and very skeptical about what is really going to happen. if leaders much both sides really just hold onto the cease-fire, the country needs it more than anything. the aid needs to be transported. people need to move to safer areas. people need help, and it cannot happen without a cease-fire. the cease-fire is where both
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sides can do it for the people. and. >> and do people have, say stores of water or are they living hand to mouth before this all started? >> it's very hard. people have been without salaries for three months. stores are closed, and it's hard to get any sort of food. even if they have money there is nowhere to buy anything. with electricity gone they cannot store anything, fridges. and i've asked folks family and friends who were for days drinking their own business cuts or tea or canned foods whatever they can find, even bread is not available at the moment. >> remind us that this is a country that imports an awful lot of its food.
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>> everything, 90% of things in yemen are imported. especially wheat, rice and which are the main things that people are usually just focused on bread and rice. >> thank you very much, indeed, for talking with us. we appreciate it. thank you. well, as that truce gets under way in yemen several ministers are headed to talks with president obama. one some won't be. presidentking salmon will not be headed to the talks. >> when king salmon became king, u.s. president barack obama cut short a trip north to show him respect by showing up in his country. u.s. secretary of state john kerry put in the miles to show the curtsy.
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and the white house said king salmon promised to show up but canceled at the last minute. the white house tried to put the best spin on what seemed by a very obvious snub. >> i know there have been some speculation that this change in travel plans is an attempt to send a message to the united states. if so, that message is not received. >> still most analysts believe this is saudi arabia and bahrain's way of showing how unhappy they are with the u.s. president. this interview with "the new york times" is believed to be one reason. >> one of the threats they face may not be coming from iran. it's going to be dissatisfaction inside their own countries. >> but there are long-term concerns about the potential nuclear deal that it could in time lead to an alliance between the u.s. and iran. >> they're concerned that they would be marginalized, and iran and iraq, if it destabilizes, it
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would become the first option for the united states in the region again because of the similar aities, and what you have in absolute monarchies that have nothing in common with the united states. >> another big concern for the gcc is if iran reaches a deal its sanctions will be lifted, and iran will have more money to spend. they want two things from the president either a stronger defense treaty or better weapons systems. but those will have to go through congress, and there's a hitch. >> our problem in the region has always been our policy towards israel to give israel a qualitative edge over the neighbors who might threaten it, and i don't see that changing. >> the law said that that israel's neighborhoods neighbors cannot be sold best weapons
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systems. so far some don't think that's enough. >> russian opposition activists have unveiled a report that claims the country's military has been directly involved in fighting in eastern ukraine. the fighting is based on research collected by late opposition leader boris ne narks sov, who was killed in february. it goes on to say that the kremlin has spent $1 million in in--$1 billion sending arms and supplies to the rebels in ukraine. >> the 65-page report is called simply putin war. compiled by allies of murdered active boris nemtsov and shows direct involvement in the
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ukraine conflict. >> we have collected information about troops recruited and sent to ukraine. >> according to the report the russian army made two major incursions into ukraine helping the separatist fighters gain vital ground. the report said that thousands of russian soldiers were ordered to resign from the army and go to war as volunteers. at least 220 russian soldiers are believed to have been killed. at least 70 here in the town of dbeltseva. russia oversaw the transfer of military equipment including an air missile system. >> it's believed that the war in
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could you ukraine has cost $1 billion. they started working the report earlier in the year. it's believed that the families have been paid to remain quiet about the deaths. nemtsov didn't have time to finish the job. he was gunned down just meters from the kremlin. the russian government arrested two men from the north caucasus for his murder, but before his death i left a trail of documents and handwritten notes. fell activists have used them to complete their research. however the reports are expected to receive little attention from russia's state control media. the kremlin has refused to conflict on the claims. >> an audio forensic firm has confirmed reportings from president el-sisi are
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confirmed. they're heard being dismissive of its backers in the uae. >> abdel el-sisi led a coup which removed the elected government of mohammed morsi. he was elected president 11 months later and since then he has relied heavily on donations from gulf countries to keep egypt's finances afloat. a year later broadcast conversation between sisi and some of his generals. sisi was making sarcastic remarks saying they have more money than they need and they should all have a share. he also had the accounts deposited directly to the military and not the government.
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>> throughout sisi's presidency gulf countries have given egypt billions of dollars of aid. saudi arabia was the first to announce an aid package offering $5 billion in bank deposits oil products and cash. that was followed by a $3 billion aid package from the uae and $4 billion from kuwait. analysts say that the audio recordings have a negative impact on the relationship
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between egypt and gulf nations what we've. >> what we've been able to see at the moment, he's not really an insider. >> the fact that the audio recordings were leaked at all may ultimately more revealing than the conversations they contain suggesting that there are deep divisions within the highest level of sisi's government. al jazeera. >> still ahead on al jazeera. how much would you pay for a picasso masterpiece. we'll tell but the record-breaking bid made at auction. >> we're in madrid where real madrid is preparing for a match against juventus.
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no matter where you are in the country, start weekday mornings with al jazeera america. open your eyes to a world in motion. >> one of picasso's paintings has set a new world record, the most expensive piece of art sold at auction. it was sold for $139 million by an anonymous buyer. >> welcome to this evening. >> christie's auction house in new york, the much talked about picasso painting part of an unique sale combining impressionism, modernism post-war and contemporary arrest art. the biddings were fast and furious. another for the record books.
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>> most of the young collectors who have become billion narrows are not collectors in the traditional sense. working, studying, looking at art. >> 110, 115. >> these collectors tend to be more impulse shopping. >> what is that? >> a woman or a bird. >> there is nothing like teasing an art dealer. he has heard it all before. a private art dealer he remembers a different time. >> most i my collectors are lawyers, doctors professional people who have made a good living who didn't have hedge funds in 1980. >> today's buyers are not collectors in the traditional sense but young billion narrows from silicon valley, russia, china, the middle east, seeking for a good return on their investments. >> when you have people who are worth $1 billion or more, whether they pay $1 million or
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$5 million or $10 million, this is not a major part of their. >> picasso was not the only big sale at christies. multiple works of arts sold for millions of dollars. >> isn't it a blue scare on a yellow background? >> that's michael who must be thinking who is this philistine? >> it was in 1954 monumental canvas. >> he said just because top buyers are seeking a good investment does not mean that they don't appreciate the art. >> i think that you can do those. i think a lot of art today has tremendous asset potential. >> but buyer beware especially if you're seeking to pep up your portfolio of stocks and shares.
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>> if there is meltdown, these works of art will go down considerably. >> no sign that have, though. >> $160 million. >> john terrett. >> it's yours, sold. >> new york. >> now let's let's go to sport. >> first to germany where barcelona is through to the champions league. playing 3-0 from the first leg they have hopes of an early lead. barcelona closer to the final it was barca who would go through. they'll face the winner of the second semifinal as they go for a treble. but their homes of the domestic league and could be effected by
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the decision of football being suspended on saturday. the league is going to court to prevent a strike with a decision expected on wednesday. we have reports from madrid. >> focused on matches that will make or break their season. despite the uncertainty. european matches are not effected by proposed strike and real madrid has a 2-1 deficit to overturn in the semifinal against juventus on wednesday. they would continue their race against time to stop a strike on saturday, which could end a spanish league before it is settled. we spoke with the major league union, and the spanish court will make a decision on wednesday. >> football fans in madrid and across spain are actually quite
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optimistic that this situation will be resolve. even if the season is some how saved the fact that the football federation brought problems that were beneath the surface of open hostility is a refer tear fix. and the over all problems within football management will be resolveed. . >> yes, i think so, yes. at the end of the day i'm sure there will an agreement. >> i would be upset. my brother would be very upset because they follow football. it would be tragic, i guess. >> only two games normally i think the game will go through. >> european competition would be the only way states top clubs could finish the season lifting trophies. but the league is confident that all the matches will be run on
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schedule. >> now football's world governing body with a new crackdown on racism during international matches. match observers will be at every world cup in russia to report incident of racism on the pitch or in the stands. barnaby phillips in london. >> a new initial tough to drive racism out of football. >> they'll pass on evidence to fifa who might take action from fines to expulsion from the tournament. but the real problems may not come in the qualifiers but at the world cup itself, where some russian supporters or notorious for racism. >> the manchester city was abused by fans in moss do in
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in 2013. then they said black players might boycott the russian cup. now they have to acted decisively. >> somebody else has to be done. for me they should stop. they need change. >> one positive change is that racism is under scrutiny like never before. but the coming world cup in russia could present fifa with huge challenges, and these could bring it's commercial interests and it's principles into potential conflict. >> fifa's head much stability everof stability say racism is
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happening weekly in russia. >> if you read that report into 2015, 2016, into 2017 doesn't there come a stage where you say all right a world cup in russia is not a good idea. >> we expect the people of world cup to have a positive impact beyond the organization of the event itself, and we believe in the possibility that the world cup can happen, and tackled the discrimination issues as well as other issues in the country. >> russia has grand plans for the world cup. brew footballers and fans from around the world want more than shiny new stadiums. they want to feel welcome. >> djokovic has won every grand slam against the french open. but he looks to be in good shape the warm up event is the role master and the defending
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champion with a victory. >> i go day by day. i think that last week was a negative week for me. last week was a positive for me for a lot of things. this week we'll improve over last week. >> the leader of stage four after a series of climbs they would make the breakaway to wind the stage. the italian's first-ever
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professional victory. and in the united states nfl star tom brady will appeal his four-game ban for cheating. he'll speak back over his accused role of deflate gate scandal. letting the air out of balls makes them easier to throw and catch that brady has always protested his innocence. that's sports. >> terrific. thank you very much, indeed. and you can always keep up-to-date any time at our website. the address for that is that's it for me, lauren taylor this news hour, but i'll be back with another full round up of today's news. thank you so much for watching. bye for now.
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>> two hours after the cease-fire begins in critical after weeks of fighting. there are reports of violence in some cities already. i'm lauren taylor. this is al jazeera from london. coming up united states' sanctions against russia could be lifted. a huge aftershock brings more kills dozens and brings