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erican dream hard earned only on al jazeera america >> part of our month long look at working in america. "hard earned". >> announcer: this is al jazeera. welcome to the al jazeera newshour i'm here in doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes, the bodies of 17 migrants who died trying to cross the mediterranean arrives at a port in sicily. >> i.s.i.l. launches more attacks on government forces. the e.u. hits out at russia after it issues a travel map against 89 european politicians.
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a month after the devastating earthquake children in nepal get to go back to school. let's begin on the italian island of sicily where bodies of 17 people are arriving at port augusta. they were found during a large-scale operation to save migrants in the mediterranean sea. more than 5,000 have been rescued since friday. we go live to the port to hoda abdel-hamid. the picture behind you of the coffins, it tells the story of how dangerous the migration is. >> absolutely i mean it's a telling picture. the bodies of the 17 who died during the crossing should be uploaded shortly. we know from the commander of
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the ship behind me the italian commander, that they were found actually dead on board one of those inflatable dinghies. the circumstances of the deaths are not clear yet. but you have to understand that the people travel on a rubber dingy, there could be up to 100 people, so they squash and travel with little water or food. it could be very well that they were exhausted and dehydrated. what we witnessed over the past hour or so is that they decided to off-load first, some of the sick people. we see frail exhausted young men coming off the boat. some had to be carried. they simply could not make it. then the rest of the migrants about 400 of them of coming off - they are taken to this side of the port where they are sitting on the ground. they'd been given water and food. authorities need to sift through
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them to figure out who they are, where they come from and obviously for the italians, there's a security that they mentioned. and a huge logistical part. as much as the body shows the tragic side the fact that out of 400 plus migrants, 17 died, and 400 mad it is the reason why so many decide to take their own risk and to really try their own chance across the sea. we met one young girl called salam in misrata at a detention center. a few weeks later she made it to italy, it's her story. it's a moment she's been longing for. the chance for a new life away from the turmoil she was born into. her journey started across the sea, 4,000km away in eritrea, it took her nearly three years to reach the shores of europe.
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it's a world away from where we met in misrata's detention center. that was back in libya, it was a few weeks ago. she is the girl at the back in white and orange, tension and silent. there were no smiles at the time. >> the prison was awful. we knew nothing. where we were for how long. i was thinking all the time, what will i do, where will i go, how. i thought it was the end. the day you came to visit. we were happy, we were hoping you could get us out. next day they took us to tripoli, they put us in a building. we were not allowed out. we were not allowed out until we paid. when we got the money we paid the sea smuggler $2,000, and he paid the guys at the prison. and we left. first, we walked in the sea. the water was up to my chest. then we got on a small boat and reached a big boat
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on her third day in italy, by coincidence or fate, we meet again, by a sidewalk in front of a detention center for newly arrived migrants. with her, some other girls held in misrata, now travel companions. they met along the journey through the sahara desert. they gave each other courage, and are making the baby steps in europe together. she is 7-months-pregnant. her final destination is holland. but she says that some are held in tripoli. they don't have money to pay for the bribe to be freed or the smugglers to make the crossing. soon she will be on the move again. she wants to reach her cousin in denmark.
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>> i found europe just like i dreamt of it, my country is nice. if there is no war, i would have stayed there, there is no work. i don't know how i will travel. there are other people. i might travel with them. then i will study, first learn the language and work. any job, whatever will give me some money. i have nothing now. but i am happy. i am out of libya. here i can walk around, even sleep in the street, no one attacks you. here there is peace and safety. at the moment her most prized possession is this piece of paper filled with phone numbers, and hope that dreams of a new life could come true. clearly the journey is not over for salam. what does getting to denmark entail? >> well getting to denmark will entail still taking risks. sure you heard her there that
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she's happy she made it here. she's happy she didn't end up in a coffin she's more happy and stressed that that she made it through the desert of southern libya. arid area controlled by war loads. for her arriving here has given her a lot of courage, hope. i think she's not much aware of how difficult it will be to reach denmark. she is illegal, she has no money, and once she reaches there, she'll have to integrate and learn the language. she probably thinks many of the migrants that once you arrived, everything will be easy. certainly easy for what they've been through. i don't think they did realise that it's not going to be as quick and swift as the dreams may have been so far. thank you so much to iraq where fighters from
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the islamic state of iraq and levant have launched a string of attacks. eight suicide car bombers attacked army headquarters near fallujah killing 20 soldiers, and 13 soldiers from the iraqi army and allies were killed by a rocket attack on the air base eased of ramadi. the city has seen some of the heaviest fighting in recent weeks. let's go to imran khan. live from baghdad. what is going on. put it in context for us. is this a push by i.s.i.l. to expand its territory? >> i.s.i.l. have been doing that for the last few days and have been using the car bombs to devastating effect. they are reinforcing the car bomb and using them to split iraqi security forces in half and mount offenses. the one in fallujah is telling of the tactics that i.s.i.l. uses. they mounted an attack against
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missile factories, pushing to the base. east of ramadi there was an ambush killing 33 soldiers. there is a push but the car bombs are difficult for the iraqi security forces to defend against. many saying they don't have the intelligence to spot them in vans. they are some of the weapons that the iraqi security forces have that are ineffective. at this moment i.s.i.l. are in advance. they are moving towards places in fallujah and ramadi. but iraqi security forces say they are confident they have taken towns and villages and cut off the supply lines, they are attacking ramadi on three sides, the north, south and east. and say that the battle will come to an end. whether it happens for not remains to be seen. >> what about the counteroffensive by the iraqi shia militias. >> well the shia militias are
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in the league of the operations in anbar. what they are doing is again taking over key towns and villages, from there they are securing them. they are going to use the towns and villages as a staging post to mount the operation. the problem here of course is i.s.i.l. controls some of the border crossings with syria, that is how they bring in reinforcements. it's a difficult fight for the shia militias that are leading the operation, and the iraqi security forces are complaining that the americans are not doing enough. air strikes are slow. they are not coming in at the times they are requesting. and there is a debate in washington d.c. whether you need to have the specially trained special forces calling in air strikes quicker, it means boots on the ground in iraq something that neither the iraqis nor the us are keen on. >> thank you so much. imran khan there
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now, yemen - there has been more heavy fighting between houthi rebels in the southern city of tiaz. four civilians were killed. the saudi border guard was killed and several other wounded by shelling from houthi rebels. here in doha they were joined by hashem ahelbarra, reporting extensively from yemen. first of all, can we start by talking about the conference held in imam. what is on the agenda there? >> it's an attempt by the americans to break the political impasse. we are talking to the americans to implement the united nations 2216. is says the houthis should recognise the government and pull out from the areas controlled since taking over the capital sanaa. if it happens, it could be a boost for the international
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community, then the united nations may call for a summit in the coming days. the saudis don't have the conference neither the representatives of the government. >> for the time being they insist they are not talking to the houthis, until the houthis say that they made a mistake, that they - what they did in yemen is a coup and they should recognise hardy as the only legitimate leader of yemen and his government. that didn't happen so far. unless we have positive message from the houthis, we don't recognise them. >> what about ali abdullah saleh's people. are they involved in the people? >> they said in an interview that he was not invited. he maintained the partnership with the houthis. saudi arabia saying that basically they don't stir up the hornet's nest and that he's committed, his people are committed to continue the fight. all the borders of saudi arabia - he is instrumental of a
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political settlement. >> they rely on him like a family member. >> thank you so much more to come on the al jazeera newshour. a sustainable solution for syrians, helping people feed themselves in areas where hunger is a weapon from war. the latest from india when a heatwave killed 2,000 people. >> in sport. two down, one to go. barcelona supporters celebrate copa del ray success, a second leg of a treble. >> the european union hit back at moscow over a list of politicians and security officials who cannot travel to russia. those banned from travelling include former british deputy prime minister nick clegg and the general secretary of the
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e.u. council. stephanie dekker reports. members of the european union call a travel ban arbitrary and harmful to negotiations over ukraine. the german minister says russia should have warned those affected. >> translation: at the at least the list should be made public at a time we are trying to diffuse a persistent and dangerous conflict this does not contribute to that. >> reporter: among the europeans banned is the secretary-general of the european council in brussels. he is due to take over as foreign affairs chancellor angela merkel. there are 18 pols and nine britains including former deputy prime minister nick clegg and the head of mi5.
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the head of the swedish tax authority also is on the list. >> translation: we have asked for an explanation from the russian side and asked the russian ambassador to give us motivation. we understand that it's a response to the e.u.'s list. that is transparent and gives a reason why certain names are on the list. >> the russian foreign ministry confirmed the ban was imposed in relation to bans against russians introduced after russians took control in crimea. 6,200 died in eastern ukraine, where pro-russian separatists and pro-russian forces are fighting for control. well for more i'm joined by a political commentator from the newspaper in moscow. when you look through the list of names, people like nick clegg, you have to wonder why were they collected for
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sanctions. >> i think what is important is not particular names, the media is trying to unwrap the list of names. if you look at the list of the countries, and compare the lift with the position which the countries adopted inside the european union or russia. you find out that those countries are a warning to the group. there's not a single person from italy, not a single person from greece or hungary or cyprus. this is not coincidence. to put it in a nutshell by looking at the list and drawing a map. though the map of russia's friends and russia's opponents inside the european union from the russian perspective
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is it making a point or is there a goal to soften e.u. sanctions on russia. >> absolutely. actually russia is trying to repeat that sanction policy. that is why it is using the stick and carrot approach. it's not just simple retaliation. we are in the midst of a war. what i find striking is that this decision was taken just weeks before crucial e.u. summit. which has to decide on the future of sanction policy. it has to expand the sanction imposed last year for one more year. or to abandon it. it seems that russia is filling e.u. weakness. inside the e.u. there's a group of countries not happy with sanctions. it seems that the e.u. is scared. russia is trying to press hard. and send in e.u. members of e.u. clear signal - think twice
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before taking decision. because it can bite you look at what has happened this last month. angela merkel went to moscow for talks with vladimir putin. john kerry went to sochi, and you have to wonder is russia really strange when assistance is sought by the west. >> well we see it conflicting. on the one hand you are right, what we have seen in recent weeks and the terms on part of the western leaders. to - and dial act with the russians. at the same time if you look into those agreements which were reached, we don't see tangible progress. i won't say that on ukraine, it
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narrowed the difference in this or that way. this thought is only about agreeing to disagree. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. china reacted angry to u.s. criticism of construction on reclaimed land in the south china sea. it is dominating a meeting on regional security in singapore. the u.s. defense secretary is opposed to the further militarization of the area. china says the building conduct is to improve conditions for those working on the island. >> translation: china's air defense zone in the south china sea will depend on whether security in the air and at sea is to be threatened and to what extent of the the situation has been peaceful and stable. there's no reason to play up the issue in the south china sea. the united nations special envoy for syria.
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it condemned the death of civilians in aleppo. they were killed by barrel bombs. the worst attack on a marketplace, which is under i.s.i.l. control. u.n.'s agency said 10 million are in need of assistance after four years of war. a lack of security funding and access means it's hard to help everyone. caroline malone sees a new scheme is under way to help people help themselves. >> this farmer is helping to provide food for hungry people in syria. it was set up in an opposition held part of aleppo eight months ago. 30 families get a regular supply of eggs. others have an option of buying into a cooperative that makes a living off the farm. >> translation: the aim of the project is to achieve food security for aleppo. it's a means of protection if a blockade is imposed on the
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liberated areas. it's funded by the koran foundation. they provide smart aid finding the most effective and impact of the ways to help syria. >> of course it creates food security for civilians, and general life security for the people that we serve. and that is why we are so passionate about giving this smart aid. >> reporter: people without food in war zones are vulnerable not just to malnutrition but exploitation. >> this group hands out food to people part of a campaign to win them over the world health organisation is providing aid to 1.25 million. because of war many areas are inactionable to the programme. including pal mira. the world food program can't get into parts of eastern douma, and
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can only reach some in aleppo and other areas. some are so desperate to find food they eat whatever is available. like in yarmouk, a place blocked from food supply and aid. >> in syria, what we see is two types of tactics using food as a weapon of war. the first is that parties are confiscating the food production and distribution services. that include farms and markets. the second is that they are impeding access to humanitarian aids. farmers in alepos with the help of donors created something sustainable. there are more than 4,000 people who need more food in this neighbourhood. with this project, a growing number of people know where the next few meals are coming from the u.s. secretary of state john kerry is receiving treatment in hospital after a hospital accident.
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john kerry was riding in geneva where he's negotiating a deal on iran's nuclear programme. he is taken to hospital. he's in stable condition schools have reopened in nepal a month after a devastating earthquake killed more than 8,000 people. some children are taught in makeshift classrooms. schools in areas worst affected are closed. harry fawcett has more. >> reporter: this is a high school on the outskirts of kathmandu. it looks okay on the outside. the cracks are so bad the red sticker needs to be condemned. the teachers, local n.g.o.s and u.n.i.c.e.f. have done is put these together, bamboo huts. they were built over the course of 12 days. the principal never expected so many kids to be here, but it is important that they be here. to get a sense of normality and a sense of being together again. he gave is speech saying if
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another earthquake comes, it will be okay, it will be fun, it will be like dancing trying to reassure the children. across nepal, this s the official first day at school. not every school will be in this state. all schools will get together and chart a way forward to make sure children have an educational future to look forward to and a chance to be together after a traumatic few weeks. 2, 200 are estimated to have died in a heatwave in india, temperatures reached more than 40 degrees celsius. we have this report where 125 people died. >> reporter: in some of the most impoverished pockets of this area hundreds of families are holding last rites for their loved ones. this man says his father who works in the rice field, died
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from heat stroke. he was 85. >> translation: my father was sick because of the heat. he was not well for a few days. we gave him water. that did not help. we decided to take him to hospital. he died on the way. stories of illness have been told. some doctors say they are equipped to deal with the growing health crisis. >> oral liquids, intravenous food it's the basic medical treatment required to treat the patient. that is for each health center in my cluster. >> in this district an unprecedented heatwave described as such by a meteorologists raised questions about an old problem - water
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supply. for communities across the area pools like these are an important source of water for farming and drinking. many of them have run dry, leaving villages parched and desperate for alternatives. villages tell al jazeera that they are lucky if the taps run for more than an hour a day. the authorities long struggled to fix the problem, and as a result residents have learnt to live with little. over time our water problem has gotten worse. we had drought and don't get as much rain as we used to. groundwater has dried up. this is a serious problem, particularly for the elderly. >> in a definite of irony, it's water used to cleanse themselves purifying twhaems life-saving resource in short supply. let's get more on the
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weather with rob. they haven't had the best of weather in russia. >> no the warmth of summer is coming with a massive rain over one place, have a look at the video taken in moscow at the start of the weekend. this is a good proper storm, pretty for some and lasted a wrong time. there was flooding in the streets, some trapped. not all of it was rain. some came out as hail as well it's proper summery weather on the european side of russia. that has gone north, and all of russia has a warm wet scene. not far to the west of that is a different story. it doesn't tell the whole story, but in southern norway there's an amount of snow it's a huge dobility for several -- amount for several meters. unfortunately the cold air is still giving the forecast more snow from the higher ground but is part of europe temperatures
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are not hugely cold. this is 1 june. where has summer gone. circulating wind and rain in the british isles and scandinavia. we have to look to the future. not all of europe is like this it's the corner. most of the rest is enjoying warmsds. as a result we can forecast something of a heatwave but a nice one. it's warming up in london. >> thank you. still ahead on al jazeera. two attacks in nigeria after the new president pledges to crack down on violence. we meet the south african winemakers using a plant drunk for tea. and in sport, could the chicago blackhawks shoot down of the anaheim ducks as they try to reach the stanley cup finals for the third time in six years?
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welcome back let's recap the headlines. the bodies of 17 were found during friday's operations which saved more than 4,000 migrants crossing the mediterranean sea in iraq fighters from islamic state of iraq and levant launched a string of attacks in anbar. 20 soldiers were killed when eight suicide car bombers attacked the headquarters in fallujah. there has been more heavy
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fighting in yemen. pro-government forces in tiaz. four civilians were killed along with the border guard along with the saudi arabia border. there will not be a summit in tanzania focussing on the crisis. a group of leaders are meeting to find the solution ending weeks of final protests. the demonstrations were triggered after it was said they'd seek a third term in office. let's go live to haru mutasa who is in the capital. the absence from the talk doesn't bode well for a political or diplomatic effort does it? >> that's what some people are saying. the president is saying that he has to campaign. he campaigned for the elections. i remember the last time he
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attended a summit. perhaps he doesn't feel comfortable. some of the leaders will ask pierre nkurunziza to postpone the election by a couple of months. if that is true that is what happens, we'll away the response from burundi. >> protests have been ongoing. i understand there has been a pause today. >> there has been a bit of a pause. in some parts of the capital city they were under lockdown. women wanted to march. they cancelled the protest for security reasons. we know that there's a heavy police presence on the ground. the key rolls coming into the center to stop people marching. the messing is you cannot protest. that said some civil societies are coming on to some parts and there's a concern about the children that are caught in the
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protests. >> reporter: he looks about 14 and should be in school. he is in the street in the capital, protesting. >> translation: schools are closed. >> reporter: opposition members in burundi have been protesting against the president pierre nkurunziza wanting a third term. some killed during the violence have been children. >> very bad. the children don't go to school. they don't eat enough any more. unfortunately they are on the streets during the demonstrations. we have about five children who have been killed. >> reporter: despite potential danger, children are on to the streets. sometimes the children come onto the streets because they are curious or get excited about the protest. when the police open fire to disperse the protesters, that's
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when the children get hurt. >> when the crisis starts, many schools close. if this goes on children won't have right to a basic right. education. >> it's serious. it's serious. children experiencing violence, it's a real problem not only for now, but generations to come. this country suffers so much. we have to stop it. we have to stop it with children. here is a group of protesters, and another child is on the streets on his own. parents have been told to keep their children at home or out of harm's way. . >> the summitened in a few hours and people are waiting to see what the outcome will be a bombing at a mosque killed at least 16. it follows an attack in
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maiduguri. as ahmed idris reports, it's the first big challenge for the newly elected president muhammadu buhari. >> as people gathered for prayers, a suicide bomber blew himself up. it's an area in maiduguri. the bomber posed as a trader and was pushing a wheelbarrow.
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so far no one has claimed responsibility for the bombing. it was not the only violent attack. most civilians were killed in the western suburb when rocket propelled grenades hit moments. -- homes. it was believed boko haram carried out these attacks. >> it's the first test in fighting a group that killed thousands. and displaced more than a million. in response to the attacks they promised swift action to promise. mohamed soltan the human rights activist freed by egyptians has arrived back in the states. he was arrested in 2013 and was sentenced in life in prison. police were looking for his father and arrested mohamed soltan instead. he has been on hunger strike for
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over a year. thousands of people across venezuela took part in an anti-government progress. the opposition leader called for the day of marches and is one of two members gaoled on inciting violence against the public thousands of guatemalans have been protesting against corruption. the country's pp has been linked to a -- vice president has been linked to a scandal. a number have been arrested. david mercer has more. >> it's a protest movement showing no signs of going away. >> thousands of people took to guatemala's city continuing their demands for an end to government corruption. it's the sixth demonstration in over a month, and proof that peaceful movement can have a powerful impact.
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>> translation: the e vice president of guatemala resigned. that's an achievement. now we want the president to step down too. >> reporter: a million dollar corruption scandals have fuelled the protest. the crisis deepened with the arrest of high-level officials for proud, and the dismissal of several key ministers. the impact was unexpected but what is more surprising is that they are happening at all. >> this is the first time in decades that so many guatemalans put aside differences and came together to work towards a common goal. with each victory the movement grose stronger. the young guatemala jned make up the back -- guatemalans make up the protest. there a desire to be marked by the pain.
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>> translation: young people are more open than previous demonstrations divided by ideology they are more toll are not and open to other people. this will create new opportunities. as night falls people take the protests to the country's supreme court. only through changes to the law is a new dawn possible. >> translation: we are convinced this is a unique opportunity, not repeated in the lift. a chance to renegotiate contact. in this way. with the election coming up many are lobbying to postpone the vote until the reforms are pushed through. if that happens, it'll be one more victory giving guatemalans a flicker of hope.
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now, a muslim woman is accusing united airlines of discrimination prompting a social media campaign to boycott the airline. she says the airline refused to serve an australian armed can of soft drink saying it could be used as a weapon. she then served another passenger an unopened can of beer. she was recognised as a leading muslim female in the united states by the white house last year you may have heard of robost tea made from a native plant in south africa. winemakers are turning to the plant. it's beneficial to people with allergies. we have this report from the western cape. >> reporter: this is known for scenario and vineyards. like other producers wine makers use okay to make wine.
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>> we used to add wine to the barrel. now we add okay chips. >> reporter: what he means they don't use barrels, but okay chips and other derivatives are added to the wine. they discovered okay could be replaced with a south african planned, roybust. >> here it is. it looks like a tea bag. >> reporter: it is gown for leaves to make tea. using it to make wine is similar to brewing a cup. >> we don't want a lot of flavours, we don't want a cup of tea. we want a proper good red win. >> these are the plants grown here in south africa. for the process of making tea, it's the leaves they want but for wine it's the stems, the wood that they need. there's another reason that it has proven beneficial it eliminates the need for
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preserves. >> a lot of people are allergic to sulphur. the other thing is there's a consciousness throughout the world about using preservatives in wine. >> reporter: he's pait ented the concept hoping that it will give the wine a selling advantage. >> i wanted it to be south african, because inherently it's the right thing to do. if you do the right thing, you'd have to look past our own people. you need to find a way to create jobs. >> a lot of wine is sold to china, it's won several awards and popularity locally, trevor is hoping the sulphur free win will plant the region on the wine-making map still to come on the show the latest on the journey of the
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plane flying around the world powered by the sun. and in sport in the western media - f.i.f.a. is a by-word for corruption. find out why it's a different story in africa.
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only on al jazeera america. palmyra welcome back. in the past month the solar panelled plane known as "solar impulse ii" has flown more than 7,000 kilometres around the world.
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it is make the what could be the toughest leg of the journey. >> reporter: "solar impulse 2" has a wing span wider than a jet, weighing more than a car. it's completed six out of 12 stops in an attempt to be the first round the world journey powered by vast panels on the wings. "solar power 2" left and flew to abu darby, muscat and then flew on to ahmadabad, and flew on and stopped in myanmar. on this level it stepped another record for the fastest flight. with a maximum speed of 216 k/hr. from here while flying over the mountous area the temperatures dropped as low as minus 20. the solar impulse flew on.
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it will stop before the next leg across the pacific to hawaii which may be the toughest part of the journey. 8,172km, and will take around 120 hours, five days. the plane has one pilot on board, which means it will be a feat of insurance. he'll grab short 20 minute naps follow a tailored diet and use meditation to remain focused. he'll have to rely on the team in switzerland, who are monitoring and planning the aircraft's route. >> we can predict weather two to three days out fairly accurately, with a weather specialist and the software that we have predicting five days out is difficult. if we did a 5-day flight across the condinent and encountered problems weather, operational
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issues there's an ultimate airport. crossing the pacific is another ultimate airport. that is what keeps me up at night. this is a first ever sports news with raul. >> thank you very much. we'll begin in spain where barcelona are on course for the treble after clinching a second trophy of the seen on saturday. a brilliant goal from lionel messi gave barca the lead against athletic. neymar added a second before half-time and lionel messi scoring another as barca went on to score a 3-way win. next up is a champion's league final. that is next saturday. thousands of fans took to the streets of barcelona to celebrate the win, this was barca's 27th copa del ray. next week they'll be tempted to win the third champion's league. all in a debut season as coach.
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>> translation: we have two titles already, it will be superb if we conquer all three. if we fail to win, it wouldn't be so good. that's the mentality with the team and club. it's nice to make supporters happy. a beautiful thing about the job is to make so many happy we'll try to make them happier next week. >> a final day for clop ert as manager. he hoped to end with a trophy. they tack on wolves berg. however, a 3-1 win for wools berg sealing a win for the first time history. >> reporter: if we recount everything we experienced on a defeat we wouldn't be the ones
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if we did it together. i'm thankful for this it doesn't consume me. in such a moment nothing can comfort you. >> saturday was an historic day for paris, becoming the first team to win a treble. they added the french cup to the league title. even with a team of superstars it took until the 64th minute to beat a team who finished ninth in france's second tear with what proved to be the winner. arsenal moved ahead of aston villa, the gunners with a 4-0 win giving them 12th success in a knock out competition. >> with f.i.f.a.'s proceedings in zurich focus returns to seven officials sitting in swiss prison as part of a corruption
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investigation. the men can appeal incarceration within 10 days of arrest. chances of being allowed out on bail is said to be slim. the united states has until july 3rd to submit an extradition request. as for f.i.f.a.'s problems they'll hold a meeting in berlin before the champion's league final, where a boycott will be discussed. sepp blatter resumes presidential duties he is due to be in new zealand in time for the final of the f.a. cup. followed by a trip to canada for the conclusion of women's world cup. sepp blatter has been the subject of fierce criticism in the past week. he enjoys widespread backing in africa. we have this report. >> reporter: it's not the pitch, but the beach where football champions are made.
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the dry country, finding a grassy pitch is almost impossible. skills are picked up from experience rather than formal training. the african continent is a breeding ground. playing in the big european league is an ambition not just a dream. >> most of us have never played on a full football pitch. it hasn't stop us playing on the club. >> on the outskirts of the capital, the training ground built for funding. players can train on a proper pitch. it's so social no one was allowed in. f.i.f.a. agreed to build several other pitches and promised more investments. the announcement made days before the elections. senegal sided with the president.
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decades of f.i.f.a. funding hasn't changed the way football is played. for many commentators the election of sepp blatter is seen as a victory for african football. the newspaper described elections as the west failed attempt. >> translation: africa has 54 votes. all to sepp blatter. why, f.i.f.a. has given the continent a world cup, programs to help youngsters and develop football. >> the election could mean more funds for the footballing federation. how much will benefit them is unclear. football continues to be played barefoot with an old ball. here skills not many sets them apart. indonesia's government accepted responsibility after f.i.f.a. banned the country from international football. the immediate suspension is due
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to government interfers and they have been at odds over the running of the domestic league stopped this year. fans have suggested starting in may. it means they will not be able to qualify for the world cup or asian cup. they have said: this year's finalists for the biggest prize in ice hockey is locked in. the chicago blackhawks booked their spot winning game 7 against the anaheim ducks. 5-2 winners in california. they'll face off against the tampa bay lightening for the stanley cup. the best of seven starts in tampa bay on wednesday
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tonight we'll enjoy the accomplish accomplish. we know how much hard work goes into the season getting to this point, and how many little things go rite to get to the point. it was a tremendous opportunity athletics and two notorious sprinters are looking in good shape to challenge usain bolt at the world championships in august. gabe completed a one-year doping ban. the 33-year-old won the 100 metres at the diamond league in 9.88 seconds the quickest time since 2011. justin gatlin served a 4-year ban for doping winning the 200m in 19.68 seconds, the quickest time in the world. more sport on the website. for the latest check out
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aljazeera.com/sport hundreds attended a final of american blues legend bb king in mississippi. king died in las vegas at the age of 89 and requested his body be returned to his home in mississippi, where he gained fame as a singer. the southern state is known for a unique style of blues and with many sometimes gone it's the younger generation will keep the genre alive. we have this report from bruce mississippi. >> on his front porch, strumming his guitar, leo is in his element. he plays a history, he plays in his local church for friends and
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family at home. a master of his craft that few ever heard, a dying breed of american blue's music, a genre played by men in their 80s or 90s, there's a rush to preserve the music before it's too late. he was discovered assigned to a local record contract, his first album two days before his 83rd birthday. >> it's about to die out. we are putting it back alive now. >> leo tells me he's going to sing and play his guitar until his final day. he is going strong. he represents an old generation of mississippi blues musicians. they won't be around forever. the question is where does this music go after me like leo are gone? that will be left to people like leo's son, leo welsh junior, who learnt to play by watching and listening to his father, he's
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part of a younger generation that is optimistic about the future. >> young people, older folk, black, white, brown, japanese - it's early blue. >> this is a self-described blues aficionado said it will not be easy to replicate. >> not very many people play the blues the way leo plays it now. leo plays the blues the way it was played on the farm, before it was taken north and urbanized. >> leo is full of energy and wants us to hear a last song, the lyrics titled a long journey. and he hopes his style of mississipi blues will be one to a journey to no end, even after he has no longer around. stay with us here on al jazeera, we have a full bulletin of news in a couple of minutes. and, of course the website
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heavy fighting in iraq's anbar province as i.s.i.l. launches more attacks on government forces. hello, here from doha coming up the bodies of 17 migrants who died trying to cross the mediterranean arrive at a port in sicily. the e.u. hits out at russia after it issues a travel ban against 89 european politicians, and months after the devastating earthquake children in nepal get to

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