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>> can affect and surprise us. >> wow! some of these are amazing. >> "techknow", where technology meets humanity. monday, 6:30 eastern. only on al jazeera america. ♪ >> welcome to another news hour of al jazeera. i'm adrian finnigan. coming up, the u.s. said that it has killed a senior isil leader in a ground attack in syria. egypt's deposed president mohamed morsi sentenced to death over a 2011 prison break. growing concern in burundi about revenge attacks.
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and a dark comedy about life in gaza. >> a raid by special forces has killed an isil leader in syria. he is said to have been killed in the oil field. his wife has been captured and is in u.s. custody in iraq. we go to kimberly halkett what is the white house saying about this kimberly? >> the white house did issue a statement as well we got one from the secretary of defense department of defense both saying pretty much the same thing. that this was something that was really planned in consultation
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to the the team. that it was necessary to act. we know that this was an' least operations force and did engage, as they put it, and it was then he was killed in the operation. however, we do know there were two women rescued or retrieved from that operation. one is his wife, who is prominent in isil activities but the other is a young yazidi woman, we're told, she was perhaps being held as a slave. we know she's in a detention facility, and we know that she will be reunited with his family. >> why was he such a prominent target with the u.s.? >> apparently he was very high up in the command of control
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structure. he over saw as you pointed out the oil and gas operations. this is a major force of revenue for isil to carry out activities. it was also military operations. and a result the u.s. felt it was appropriate to go in with iraqi authorities but not syrian authorities. we're told that this--from the u.s. standpoint this was done as are some of the strikes being done in coordination with iraqi authorities with respect to u.s. as well as international law. >> thank you, kimberly halkett. in washington, d.c. turkish reports that it shot down a syrian aircraft. the wreckage crashed on the syrian side of the border and it's not clear what sort of aircraft it was.
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turkey said that it had violated it's air space twice. an egyptian course has sentenced deposed president mohamed morsi to death. he's to be executed for taking part of a mass jail break four years ago. egypt's highest court will confirm the sentence. >> mohamed morsi has been sentenced to death. the muslim brotherhood now banned by egypt's called the court division politically motivated. it said that executing morsi would be murder and the international community should stop it. morsi was imprisoned with other muslim brotherhood leaders a few days after the egyptians began a movement that overthrew hosni mubarak in 2011. in 2012 morsi became the country's first elected president. just a year later he was overthrown by el-sisi who is
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now president. the court sentenced the death penalty. many were given the death penalty including those from the muslim brotherhood. several palestinians were sentenced as well including some prisoners in israeli jails. mass convictions and sentencing has been common since the military takeover. an egyptian human rights groups said that since 2013 as many as 41,000 people have been jailed. amnesty international said that human rights watches says that many have been convicted in mass trials without establishing individual guilt. in april and may of last year, more than 1200 people were sentenced. most of them were given the death penalty. >> the mass death sentences there are many grounds, for
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example, the judiciary itself is unconstitutional. >> saturday's mass death sentence has been referred to the grant musty who was due to rule on june 92. june 2nd. hosni mubarak was freed because he had already spent time. and the elected president was sentenced to death. >> amnesty international said that the court is a charade. what do you make of this verdict? >> well, these trials were charades. the fact is mohamed morsi never had a chance of a fair trial. the authorities detained him for months and questioned him without access to a lawyer. and it's deeply disturbing to see that the court is willing to
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hand out a death sentence based on these flawed proceedings and on this flawed evidence. this looks like a mockery of justice. >> what does this tell us about the justice system in egypt? >> it's targets government's critics while roundly ignoring gross human rights violations by security forces. torturers are walking free while journalists and peaceful activists are going to jail. of the 500 people sentenced to death in egypt last year, most of them were alleged to be morsi supporters. this does not look like justice. it looks like a political vendetta. >> turkey's president has criticized the verdict. other than that there has been very little condemn incarceration from the international community. what are we to make of that?
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>> the signs from the international community is par from the course. i can't count the number of times i've heard stays states say that they're concerned about egypt's human rights actions but where is the action? we have seen lucrative arms deals with egypt selling arms and equipment to egypt. if egypt's allies want to do business with it, they should wash their hands afterwards because there will be blood on them. >> what about the u.n. human rights council? >> we're looking for leadership there. many states want to say something on egypt but no one is willing to stand up and lead. the truth is without action of the human rights council we're going to see many more verdicts like the ones we saw today. >> thank you, from amnesty international. >> thank you. >> three egyptian judges have been shot dead.
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three other judges were wounded. they were traveling for a court hearing. there has been a series of attacks targeting the police and soldiers in the sinai since mohamed morsi was deposed. in the anbar province if the city falls it will give the group a stronghold 100 kilometers were baghdad. the violence has forced many people to leave ramadi, more than 100,000 of them have left in the last month alone, and deeper into anbar province it is isil has carried out three suicide attacks in eastern fallujah targeting a joint army and shia militia base.
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90 people died when the group targeted the main gates of the post. we have reports from baghdad. >> the iraqi military says its fighting back in ramadi. it's released this video of what it says is aerial attacks on the islamic state in iraq and the levant. the government has promised a tough response. it's also promising to recapture lost territory in anbar's provincial capital. but on the ground there isn't much evidence that security forces are on the offensive. many say it will not be an easy fight unless there is a clear strategy. >> they are serious to do what they have to do. we know everyone, we know that since isil is tough to attack every day. and the action of the government is very week. >> on friday isil's message was
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one of defiance. fighters used all kind of weapons along with suicide car bombers in a complex attack to penetrate the government compound in ramadi. the u.s. which leads the group in isil says that the armed group is inflating the importance of its successes and say that it's strategy is working, but there are those who disagree. >> we need to give the weapons to the tribes. the sunni tribes are able to defeat isil. the government should approve the plan to create the national guard. that means local people joining the security forces. >> earlier this month the government said that hundreds of sunni fighters from the province would now fight along side the security forces but anbar's influential tribes are not among the men. they want to fight the battle alone, and they want the army to give them weapons. >> anbar was the greatest challenge to u.s. forces when
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they were in iraq. they lost a lot of men in years of fighting. they were only able to succeed after they received the support of the local population. military solution alone failed, and sunni leaders believe it will feel again in the iraqi government does not bring people to its side. null then the human suffering is only getting worse. with many people trying to escape. for years now there has been no peace between the mainly sunni province of anbar and the shia led government in baghdad. many people say that restoring confidence and trust between them should be part of any military strategy, if isil is to be defeated. al jazeera baghdad. >> in syria isil appears to be closing in on the ancient city of palmyra. they're targeting areas on the outskirts of the heritage site. of the loss of the city would open the road to the capital of
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damascus and homs. >> still to come on the program mali's rebels have backed out of the peace deal with the government. plus we'll report on how militias are leading the fight against the taliban in afghanistan's province. and after this, pepper spray one of argentina's football players are attacked. >> in spite of a five-day humanitarian cease-fire the truce is due to expire on sunday. that's when regional political leaders plan to meet in the saudi arabia capital of riyadh to try to end the crisis. but the houthis won't be there. well the u.n. said that since the conflict began more than a month ago more than 1,500 people have been killed.
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since the airstrikes started two months ago. nearly half a million yemenis have been displaced. the troops have helped those in need but it's concerned that progress is slow. al jazeeraal jazeera hashem ahelbarra reports. >> pro government fighters capture the city of taiz. but the government will send in reinforcement in the city. >> all of taiz is with the resistence of the houthis. the resistence has a lot of support. everybody is supporting them. >> the houthis have expanded their territory over the last few weeks. convinces people to support them isn't easy. these protesters are demanding that the rebels leave their city.
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and this is where fighting could escalate. that's because the province is yemen's main source of oil and gas. those loyal to the president abd rabbuh mansur hadi are in the city. >> they're shelling us with heavy weapons despite the cease-fire. >> the humanitarian truce expires on sunday when some of yemen's main factions will begin a three-day conference to solve the crisis. they include tribesmen military commanders and political leaders. gulf countries are worried that the violence in yemen could spread to their countries. this is the envoy to yemen for the gulf corporation council. his job is to convention yemenis
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to agree on a political road map. >> the agreements will be the basis for any future political settlements or talks between the different factions. >> the houthies have refused to send anyone to the meeting in riyadh. they say they'll only be part without saudi arabia who has attacked yemen for the past six weeks. the supporters plan to reach a power-sharing agreement that insist is the only way to save yemen from civil war. al jazeera riyadh. >> an egyptian court has banned hardcore football clubs known as
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ultras. they took part of protests during the 2011 evolution and frequently clashed with police in and around football stadiums. they're considered to be one of the most organized movements in egypt. the case was filed ahead of the football club. they have been at odds with the team's ultra organization. >> an explosion has killed six people in nigeria. the female suicide-bomber carried out the attack in yorbe state. in burundi the president's decision to run for a third term has led to protests. he says that everything is back to normal. >> we ask the world to be
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friends to burundi. that will strength people who want to seize power by force. it will bring war poverty that we've seen in this country. >> many are aphrase of reprisal attacks after police entered a hospital and shooting injured soldiers. >> he had been fighting for the leaders of the burundi's attempted coup. after the coup failed doctors say that police came here and shot the injured men. >> we received three patients, and they were--they were here in this room. after that we see a group of policemen arrive here, and they gun to shoot everywhere, and they began to look for the
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patients. >> out in the streets some protesters tried to block the roads after hearing about the coup's failure. but they were quickly dispersed by gunfire. on wednesday the military takeover was initially popular among the demonstrators but since it failed many now think that it has made things worse for them. >> this whole coup d'etat is something they came up with by themselves. we don't believe in the president, they came up in the same party. they fought together, and they did things together. then they came here to talk about the demonstrations. things we didn't want to hear about. >> most of the streets in the capital were quiet with loyalists, police in control. after the coup attempt fighters loyal to the president attacked and burned independent t.v.'s and radios. now the only radio and tv on air are the state broadcasters controlled by the government.
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>> when the president returned to the capital his supporters welcomed him. in his bid for a third presidential term, many fear a ruthless violent crackdown. many are in hiding or fled the country. the government said that those involved in the attempted coup will go on trial burndi's political process is far from over. >> patricia daley at oxford university, she thinks that burundi's troubles are far from over. >> there is considerable amount of fear in the country and the president's return has come
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about with support of the wider international community, and they should work and persuade and put pressure on the president to ensure that reprisals and revenge do not take place against coup plotters. coup plotters are very different from the demonstrators. the country has a long history of violence. refugees have spent years abroad and have will live in piece. the ordinary people in the cities and towns actually want to be able to carry out their day-to-day activities without the threat of violence. and they should be encouraged to step aside to allow some sort of caretaker government to be put in place to allow dialogue, with the opposition to enable free and fair elections to take place. with the opposition participating in a genuine
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manner without fear or intimidation. >> rebels in south sudan have launched a large-scale attack. the fighting appears to be ensconced in government offensive. officials say that the assault began on friday when rebels crossed the river in boats. malakal is rich in oil and it's changed hands several times since civil war broke out more than a year ago. mali groups want more guarantees for greater autonomy in the north. >> it was slated as a decisive step to its stability in mali. the president and several african dignitaries were there to witness the accord. but the rebels, the very groups
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who held the key to peace boycotted. those who would down play the tuareg absence said that the process was moving forward. >> we salute the solidarity of the international community. we stood by mali and the population in the north, who have suffered for three years now. >> the tuaregs are fight forgive greater autonomy in the north and the strongholds supporters denounce the agreement which a rebel coalition would approve in algeria. >> we're against the algerian team. we're ready to fight to the day of our victory. >> we don't accept the signature. it's in the in our interest. if it's not being met we don't want it. >> the continued fighting is casting doubt on the peace process. on friday tuarel forces exchanged fire with pro
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government groups in the town they seized to control the northern two-thirds of mali during a military coup in 2012. the tuaregs continue in their struggle and self determination. >> the u.s. is taking a tough stance on beijing who are building an island in the south sea. >> while mr. kerry's message to his chinese host has been this, please show restraint in the south china sea in the interest of regional stability. the obama administration has been alarmed by the dramatic expansion of artificial islands in the south china sea. now aerial photographs in recent months have shown evidence of chinese dredging and reclamation
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work going on around some of these islands as well as evidence of potentially a runway being built. the united states is worried that some of these islands could be used to station these systems that in turn could be used to enforce an exclusion zone should beijing wish to do so. almost all of the south china sea is claimed by beijing, but this area also contains some of the world's busier shipping lanes, and the united states is worried about freedom of navigation in the south china sea. so mr. kerry has come here with essentially a very blunt message. that is to pull back, halt with the construction work going on. in recent days the obama administration has spoken darkly about the need to send u.s. ships and warplanes to the south china sea to potentially challenge beijing's sovereignty claims. beijing reacted angrily to that,
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saying that it won't be passive in the face of such threats and also points out that other rifle claims to these islands in the south china sea have also been doing much of the same thing namely the philippines and vietnam. bay change said that washington has been silent in the face of that action proving that washington is going of what it says is a cold war knee jerk mentality. >> we're approaching the midway point on this news hour. still to come, indonesia helps migrants who made it to shore but said it won't take any more refugees. plus... >> i'm erica wood on south africa's cape coast. overfishing has put the continent's only sees seas of penguin at risk of extinction. >> in sport the fastest hat trick in english premier league history. we'll tell you more about it in
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20 minutes in sport.
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>> now the action is authorities helping them. feeding them, giving them medical assistance, and great relief when they managed to call their families and tell them they're alive. they were very lucky that they met. the indonesia navy said that until now they will send away every boat. they will give humanitarian assistance at sea but not accept them here. it's hard to imagine the ordeal these people have gone through living three months on the boat bringing their small children on this horrific journey where they are fating fighting, hunger
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thirst, now they're facing a very uncertain future here in indonesia. >> the u.s. has urged thailand to consider sheltering rohingya migrants but they warn it will take jobs away from thais. >> there may be as many as 8,000 people on boats but one particular boat that has been the focus of media attention and internal international attention is a boat that was found off the satoon province. you'll remember the pictures of the thai helicopters dropping food packets to those on board. as food was delivered the people spoke of the immense depravation they have suffered running out of food and water ten days previously. they spoke about how one person
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maddoned by grief had thrown themselves over board and two more people were dying of starvation. we have now heard that on board there are three particular men whose families are in refugee camps in bangladesh, and they've taken it upon themselves to write to the thai government and plead for the thai government to rescue them and save lives. this is a situation though, that is spread right across this crisis indeed, one official has said if something isn't done urgently we will have boats full of dead people. >> now fighters are outside of the regional capital, though the government has sent thousands of soldiers, the local militias who are largely standing up to the taliban right now and al jazeera got exclusive access
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to them. jennifer glasse reports. >> another day on the front line that divides the village. these villagers are standing up against the taliban who are so close that they have to crouch behind the wall to keep from being shot. >> the enemy right now is 100 meters away. you see the area with the trees. they are there. there are other areas where they're lying in ditches. >> they have 170 men against the taliban force nearly twice that. they only have basic weapons and fight from trenches and mud bunkers. these static front lines are new this fighting season. when nato was in charge of security the taliban was usually on the move to avoid being hit by airstrikes or artillery. there is no risk of that now. there aren't any government soldiers here. >> the only help we're getting is from the people. the people carry their own guns. people sold their cows and live
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stock to buy guns. >> on this day it's quiet. the two sides negotiated a cease-fire so farmers could plant their fields. but neither side trusts the other. on captureed radio it fades in the taliban. neighbors here feed them, the few that are left. most of the homes are empty and most say it's bad. >> we have never been this worried even when the russians were here they are shooting from everywhere. we didn't worry like this. there was fighting, but the next day life was normal. people could go anywhere then. now we are trapped. >> these fighters say that government gives them no support except a little bit of ammunition. they buy what they can and former my gentleman had a dean leader buys the rest and cares for the leaders. >> people are suffering now. they can't farm. most of them have left.
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we hope that the government would help, but the government doesn't care. >> these men say they will hold the front line as long as they can. that there is no one else to defend their homes their land, and their honor. jennifer glasse, al jazeera, afghanistan. >> in germany a passenger train has crashed after colliding with a truck it happened in the eastern western town of ibbenbueren. police are still at the scene. a passenger train derailed, killing eight people. a conductor said that she heard an object had struck the train. it was traveling at twice the speed limit when it crashed in philadelphia. a russian-made rocket carrying a mexican telecommunication satellite has crashed after problems with its
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engine the project was launched from the cosmo drone and went down in siberia eight minutes later. it's the second mission failure for the russian federal space agency. in less than a month the mishap happened on the launch of another russian rocket satellite last year. >> boston mayor ton bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for his role in the attack the jury took 14 hours to reach its verdict. the jurors' only option was to sentence him to prison without possibility to parole. tsarnaev and his brother placed
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bombs at the finish line of the boston marathon. onthere have been unease in recent battles between security forces and armed groups. we have reports from kumanovo. >> this is what remains of the barbershop and the house behind. he is in police custody. the hospital therapist is counseling his family. >> on tv they're calling my house is terrorist. he's just a barber. who is going to walk my son to kindergarten now? >> familiesin this ethnic
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albanian neighborhood official eight police and ten gunmen died. today, there is only shock at the damage and resentment at least four local men have been detained. everyone we have spoken to tells a similar story. they heard the shooting. they sought shelter wherever they can in their basements. when they came outside this is the scene that greeted them. psychologically this neighborhood has been absolutely traumatized by what happened. the violence comes at a critical moment for macedonia. the opposition is leaking hawked phone recordings revealing abuses of power at the heart of government, prompting resignations. they even claim that the violence was staged some how by a prime minister clinging to power.
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>> don't succumb to black scenarios which are prepared by the government. >> that is flatly denied by the prime minister. he says he has the trust of the people of macedonia. >> they decide who will be in power and who will be in opposition, he told journalists on thursday. in kamanovo there is still bewilderment. communities insist they're united and that the only divisions are between the politicians. al jazeera kamanovo. >> peru's president said that a controversial mining project will go ahead despite weeks of protests. but he did call on the company developing the mine to talk to farmers and local leaders. people are worried that the mine will contaminate their crops and
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use up their water supplies. still to come here on the news hour all the sport. >> we're in doha with the diamond league season. once again it's the respecter of drugs that cast a long shadow on the sport.
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>> hello again. oil spills and overfishing are threaten to go kill off the only species of penguins in africa. the number of african penguins
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was declined 90%. we look at what's being done to save them. >> this is a penguin hospital. the place where the stress, injured orphaned birds come to rehabilitate. >> some are being nursed back to health but others are permanent members. this bird is too tame. >> he is ambassador bird which we think he'll be amazing at. >> 10,000 children come through here every year to learn about penguins. other lessons are carried out over the internet.
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educating young generations is important because numbers of penguins are low. there are 15,000 breeding pairs in the wild. overfishing is one of the biggest factors in their decline. >> it does mean that adults have to travel further and expend more energy in trying to find enough fish for themselves and their chicks. >> in 200019000 birds were affected most of them saved but oil spills remain a constant threat. this island used to be home to hundreds of thousands of penguins oil spills mean that only 600 proceeding pairs left. and in february a new dedicated penguin rehabilitation facility opened up the closest mainland
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point to dyer eye. >> and every birth counts. >> aside from rehabilitating birds, penguin research will be carried out here. staff says we need to pay more tanks to what the declining numbers tell us. >> we should have taken note a long time ago that there is something seriously wrong. >> like so many of the world's endangered species a saving these penguins is a race against time and environmental issues but most of all the destruction caused by humans. al jazeera the western cape, south africa. >> yes the best thing that has happened all day. >> the penguins. you have a few penguins, do you? >> here is jo. >> thank you boca juniors have just an hour to convince officials not to kick them out.
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it happened when it appeared opposing players were pepper sprayed. we have reports from buenos aires. >> any game between boca juniors is tense and hard fought. but the bitter rivalry between these two giants have never sunk this low. suspended after players were pep pepper sprayed. they core into the protective tunnel as they emerged for the second half and then followed with players san franciscoed on the pitch. >> what happened was an act of aggression. an aggression directed at players. this is a cause for argentine football. we're not going to start
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prioritizing security. we have to continue working on this. and if the sanctions come, then the sanctions come. >> words will be spoken but they've all been heard before. and there will be an investigation and calls for boca juniors to be strongly punished. but few involved in argentine football are taking responsibility for the growth in violence corruption, the safety procedures or the growing number of deaths. the passion of argentine football fans is well-known. most simply want to watch the game. >> there are a few who caused problems. we all end up paying the price. >> i believe they should replay the match behind closed doors but the game should be played. boca might be thrown out but i believe they should keep playing. >> argentina has already suspended this week's domestic
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football fixtures in mourning in the death of a freak accident of a young minor league player. but violence here is endemic usually involved organized gangs of supporters. >> it's difficult to see a solution unless there is a political solution. we live in a society that is going down hill and laws are increasingly noart. >> they play in europe escaping corruption and violence, which only seems to get worse. al jazeera buenos aires. >> southampton's has scored the fastest at trick in premier league history. 2.56 and within the first 16 minutes of south amp ton's 6-1 defeat of aston villa the record was previously held by robbie fowler. they have one game to play while
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southampton is up to six. in other matches qpr are holding victories in their games. captain steven gerrard will play his final home match. gerard has been with liverpool for 17 years but will quit the rest of season and he knows it will be an emotional goodbye. >> i've been dreading this moment in a strange way because i'm going to miss it so much, playing in our field playing for the fans, playing with my teammates. it will be emotional, but i plan to keep it together, stay strong and try to avoid the tears. >> the national track and field
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season is underway with the diamond league meet in doha on friday. within the year that has seen two major drug controversies they have found a fight for trust and credibility. it's a big challenge for athletics. >> the diamond league is back, and even with the enthusiastic crowds of the season open center doha and the impressive line up that included winners mo farrah and justin gatlan, it was hit by two of the biggest doping scandals in years. >> accused of funding a systemic doping program with their athletes. earlier this year, three-time boston marathon winner was banned for doping. the athlete issome fear that the
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systemic nature of both the russian and kenyan cases could result in track and field but the current double olympic champion is still positive about his sport. >> the sport has improved quite a lot in terms of what it was before. and it's great to see what we're doing. we do one hour slot where no matter where you are in the world, where you have to go in and get tested. as long as we can apply the same rules to what we're doing, it's definitely--it's changing a lot. >> the issue will be one of the main challenges facing the new president of the athletic governing body the iaaf. one of the two candidates hope ing to replace when he steps down in august. >> we must continue to educate to educate athletes and to
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parents and work very very hard and very tough. and every should understand it will be--no excuse to anyone. it will be strong and serious policy to clean sports, clean athletes. >> it will take place in beijing in august following the world athletic championships. one man with high hopes of win something american justin gatlan. his winning time the sixth quickest of all time. >> it was a bad night. after pulling up with a ruptured achilles tendon, he's unlikely to run in beijing in august.
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coming 15 points behind to meet the grizzlies in game six to everyone. >> their series. they would claim the 4-2 series win over the washington wizards. the wizards thought they had scored a game-tying three-pointer to force overtime, but the buzzer beater was ruled out. video replay shows that the ball left his hands too late. 94-91 the next series lebron james and the cavaliers in game one on wednesday. boxing has had mismatches, but few can compete with the bout in salt lake city. mitt romney took up the fight with five-time heavyweight world champion evander holyfield. romney did have a height advantage but little else in his favor. despite landing an early blow,
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he threw in the towel the second round and it was all done for charity. that's the sport for now. >> a black common about life in the gaza strip drawing crowds to the cannes film festival. we have reports from cannes. >> set in the hair salon in gaza the story of 12 women and how they are unravel in the course of the day. trapped inside because there is a lion on the loose. they have the salon surrounded. >> the small thing-- >> it's a black comedy. born in gaza they saided to become fill makers despite never going to cinema.
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>> for us this is something beautiful. we have the idea of the salon. to go there to cut your hair, to talk about many things that has to do with life. we choose this place. >> dark humor is recurrent theme in palestinian films. the films "the time remains" is a particularly good example. >> it's director says where this is despair humaner is often the last resort. winner of many international awards he's excited about the talent he sees in the next generation. >> it's just basically another test of liberated and it's
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quite poetic, and that is something that cannot be arrested. >> cannes is known for launching careers, and while flashy movies command a lot of attention the festival is fascinated by the talent coming from the middle east. >> lebanon, palestine, israel, extraordinary. you have such a number of men and women. >> films that stand out here in the crowd, it's quite the challenge, palestinian filmmakers have to rely on foreign funding but it is alive and well. >> we'll update you on the stories next on al jazeera. that's it for the news hour. thanks for watching. we'll see you again.
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will. commanders launch a raid inside syria killing a senior commander. hello, you're watching al jazera from london, and also coming up, a egyptian court seeks the death penalty for president morsi and 100 others. on the ground and air they step up the fight against isil in the fight in ramadi.


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