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gripping. inspiring. entertaining. talk to al jazeera. only on al jazeera america. >> welcome to the news hour from doha. isil launches suicide attacks on the iraqi army using captured american humvees. >> bangladesh charges a factory owner with murder with the country's worst industrial disaster. >> smoking is banned in beijing. china introduces tough new law to say stamp out the habit.
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>> the french open, defending champion crashes out. pakistan complete their third home series in six years but with security still an issue will any other sides besides zimbabwe be touring there anytime soon? >> 42 members of iraq's security forces have been killed in a suicide attack in anbar province. the bombers was driving an armored humvee vehicle. elsewhere, 33 iraqi government fighters were killed in anbar. forty others were injured in that attack. iraq's air force hit back against isil in anbar. it's been targeting isil quite some time.
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president adou rabbo mansour hadi said his military lost over 2,000 vehicles to isil when isil overran mass as you will last year. it was similar to that used in the latest attack. we have the latest from baghdad. >> one of the latest attacks took place at 3:00 a.m. local in anbar province. this was an attack against a police station where iraqi federal police forces were based. an isil humvee drove up to the gates of that base and exploded its deadly cargo. because there was an arms cache there, 42 iraqi police officers lost their lives in that attack. we keep hearing about the armored vehicles isil is using for suicide bombings. the reason is the humvee is a very large vehicle so you can pack it full of explosives.
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you can also drive it quite slowly up to iraqi security force positions and there is a little confusion from the iraqi security forces as to whether it's one of their own or an isil vehicle. also, 2300 of these vehicles were lost when mosul was taken. that seems to be quite high some american contractors who provide them say but it is continually used against iraqi security forces and they seem to be powerless against it. >> the loss of the humvees in mosul strengthened isil forces while weakening iraq's military capabilities. we take a closer look at what equipment the army still has. >> rack gets its weapons from several countries but exactly how much military hardware it has is hard to say. the clearest picture comes from something called the military balance, an annual settlement
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published by the international institute for strategic studies. iraq's army is equipped with more than 270 battle tanks u.s. made and one rush, it has around 240 advanced infantry fighting vehicles mostly russian bmp ones and ukrainian btr4s. the army operates nearly 3,700 armored personnel carriers designed to transport troops to the battlefield. there are 13 russian made attack helicopters in service. three havocs and 10 hindese. it's the actual manpower that determines the strength of the military. iraq's military of defense says i did employs 141,000 active duty soldiers as of april this year. is this estimates suggest the true number may be as low as
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50,000. iraq's military had been facing significant in terrible problems but the conflict with isil fighters has eroded its exhibits both in terms of personnel and equipment. >> local sources say the saudi-led coalition has a weapons depot belonging to forces loyal to ali abdullah saleh in sanna. the strikes hit the camp inside the presidential palace in the capitol. it's occupied by houthi rebels and their allies. the battle on the ground continues with heavy fighting across the country, 20 people were killed in violence between popular resistance fighters and houthi rebels. isil fighters say they've destroyed syria's infamous prison. this video can't be independently verified, but it claims to show the damaged compound at palmyra.
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thousands of political prisoners were jailed there. the opposition held area is being attacked on two fronts. pro assad air fores are bombing from the air while isil rebels are advancing towards it. there is said to be heavy civilian casualties. >> an owner of a factory in bangladesh was charged with murder. it was the country's worst industrial disaster, but there have been many other similar incidents. in february, 2006, 18 workers were killed in a garment factory collapse in dhaka. in june, 2010, 25 were killed in another collapse in the capitol. there was one more in november
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of 2012, more than 100 workers died in a fire at the factory in dhaka. stephanie decker looks back at the 2013 tragedy. >> those who worked here earned close to nothing as they made clothes for some of the world's biggest brands. 1,137 people died when the factory collapsed. it was bangladesh's worst industrial accident ever and opened the eyes to the appalling safety standards of the clothing industry here. the owner of the factory was arrested soon after and now we noel be charged with murder, along with 41 others. the lead investigator say it was a mass killing and all charged have a collective responsibility for the tragedy. if convicted, they could be sentenced to death. whatever the verdict it will offer little consolation to those who lost loved ones in a
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disaster that was completely avoidable. stephanie decker, al jazeera. >> the president of the philippines says those responsible for a factory fire which killed 72 people will be prosecuted. the owners of the rubber factory hasn't installed a sprinkler system or protected a fire exit. charges will also be brought against government agencies, which didn't carry out safety checks. >> the man brought in to save malaysia airlines said its technically bankrupt and will be completely restructured. the new c.e.o. earned the nickname the terminator or cutting jobs at two other carriers. the airlines has suffered decline and experienced two air disasters in the past year. >> a smaller fleet with a new look and possible a new name, that's what's set to emerge from malaysia airlines two blunt
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restructuring, the new c.e.o. described his plans for malaysia airlines as a harsh fitness program for reasons. 6,000 employees will lose their job. >> the change followed two tragedies involving malaysia airlines in the past six months. >> this restructuring is driven by business i am per i was and the need was identified long before last year, so i wouldn't put too much direct connection. it's the competitive marketplace that forces airlines to undergo restructuring exercise of this kind in order to remain competitive. >> being government owned proved to be a handicap for the airlines competitiveness. it was forced to fly to promote the countries foreign pose. it had excess staff due to powerful unions and handed out contracts to companies with political connections. analysts say this made its operational costs at least 20%
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more than its rainfall. >> more people than ever are flying nowadays. industry revenue has doubled in the past decade. much that have great has been driven by low cost airlines which now have 25% have the worldwide market. that is expected to get biller ago they are expanding at a hutch higher rate that that the ire lines. >> there are nearly 50 budget airlines. one of the most successful is air asia. it completes directly with malaysia airlines on 75% of routes offering better deals. >> it might not look like a startup, but in fact, we will be a startup. it will be a new legal ended at this time, new shareholder new strategy in large parts new manage pent, everything will be in fact new. >> winning back confidence will likely be its biggest challenge. al jazeera, hong kong. >> stay with us here on al jazeera. coming up, a setback in the
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journey for this solar plane attempt to go fly around the world. >> we hear from peter greste who talks the retrial of his colleagues egypt. we will tell you howell former fifa chief defended himself against corruption claims, but used a fake story to do so.
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>> under why the shia militia are there. i'm asking for your analysis of that. does that not send a signal of inability on the part of the iraqi army? i know they were called to join the fight but how do you see that when you analyze the ability of the iraqi army to fight alone? >> we saw a huge setback last year with the fall of mosul where we saw the iraqi army lose a considerable amount of its end
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strength. the iraqi army may be only half the size it was before the june offensive last year in mosul so there's no doubt that the iraqi army is not as strong as it once was and the iraqi's need all the help they can get on the battlefield against isil. in the long term, it is still in the interest of all of us to make sure that the iraqi security forces fall under a unified command and control architecture and that that reports the minister of defense that reports to the prime minister but in the near term, it's understandable by the iraqi government in a case by case basis would lean on whoever's willing to get him to fight against daish. >> the u.s. could still be agreeable to sending weapons to the iraqi government as it becomes clearer how much of those weapons have ended up either in the hands of isil or according to john mccain quoted on january 8 2015, of being
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handled over to shiite malaysia's connected to iran? >> we've already sent a considerable amount of equipment to the iraqi security forces and person forces in iraq, all of that going through the iraqi government in baghdad and we will so. we have stringent in use monitoring on all the security assistance we provide and we expect that the security systems we provide to them will stay in the custody of forces we give it to. in these dire times, prime minister abaddi asked us to expedite our equipment. we're doing everything we can. just as one small example, we are just about to deliver deliver more than 1,000 anti tank rockets to help the iraqi security forces deal with these large truck bomb that is daish has used in ramadi and elsewhere.
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we'll continue to expect them to be good custodians of equipment. >> thank you very much for your thoughts on that. >> the senate failed to pass legislation extending powers to monitor millions of telephone calls and emails. republican senator rand paul led the push against american surveillance program. >> tonight against the persist of ending bulk collection. the government after this bill passes will no longer collect your phone records. my concern is that the phone companies still may do the same thing. >> we're live now in washington
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d.c. what happens next? will civil liberty groups be celebrating long? >> probably not. the u.s. senate is coming back into session in three hours' time and they'll start bedebating an alternate version of the law that would allow surveillance measures to continue but end the government's bulk data collection of phone calls by u.s. citizens, including me. what this means is that the senate would have to start talking about this bill, but if it decides to make any changes and put in amendments as they're called here, that would substantially change the how else version of the bill and then the house would have to come back into session and try to find a way to come up with a bill that bolt houses of congress can agree on. without that agreement they can't send this alternate bill
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to the president for his signature. >> well, how much of a change to the way government spy is being proposed if, inc. version of a house bill gets through the senate. >> well, the main change that would happen if the house version of the bill is approved by the senate is that the government would no longer collect what's called melt at a data. the time, the phone numbers the direction in which phone calls were made, the devices that were used because there is coding inside phones to let you know what kind of device is being used. that would no longer be done by the u.s. government. the telecommunication companies which operate these devices would be responsible for holding that information. they would also have more ability to resist the government's request to turn over that information, but again, it really depends on what the senators decide to change in
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this potential law. what also would change would be the ability of people to basically challenge the way that this information about them is being tracked. it's been almost impossible in the u.s. since the patriot act was passed more than 13 years ago to do this kind of challenging, but at least businesses would be able to now publicly talk about when they've been asked by the government to turn over information which they do consider proprietary. >> thank you very much. it's not just happening in the u.s. mass surveillance. jonah hull is live in london where details coming to light jonah, about how wide government spying is there. >> well, it's interesting that just as these hours being reduced in the united states, they're alive and well here in
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britain and the government plans to extend the powers open to police and security services here as part of its legislative program, having just won reelection. this is a great concern to privacy campaigners, one called big brother watch has published a report today in which it notes figures obtained under freedom of information laws say that every minute in this country police forces make two requests for private communications. they make those requests. they are granted by the government 93% of the time. that's 730,000 requests made since may 2012. the government said it needs to extend those surveillance laws to cover a gap in new technologies the sorts of things that you make and receive on smart phones in addition to phone calls, of course and voice males. they say all of that is crucial to modern day policing, but critics say they have far too
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much power. any way they demand greater transparency. they want to know what the information is used for and they say permission should be granted by a judge. >> as details come to light it's unlikely we are only talking about the u.s. and u.k. when we talk about mass spying on people's private communications right jonah? >> no, undoubtedly other governments are doing it. we know significantly in europe, but france does it quite a lot. up until the january attacks on charlie hebdo france had pretty extensive electronic surveillance program. that has been ramped up by a new law passed this month allowing the police and intelligence agencies in france to tap the emails without permission of a job and force phone providers to give up records upon request. the french government justifies all of this by claiming that it is effective in the face of what
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it describes as the extremist threat. other european governments are monitoring people returning from places like iraq, pumps hundreds of millions of dollars into extensive policing, and surveillance. >> smoking in public in china beijing has been banned. the it is prohibited to light up in public. china has more than 300 million smokers and around a million chinese people die from smoking related illnesses every year. adrien brown reports. >> china has long been a smoker's paradise. prefers bans failed, mainly due to lax enforcement. now beijing's government is trying again. children have been at the fore front of the campaign, leading up to this ban. since their considered to be most at risk from passive
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smoking. anti-smoking campaigners say there are now clear signs the authorities appear serious this time. >> for the first time, the regulations very clearly spell out what happens if somebody doesn't adhere to the regulations. it's not only the smokers them receives will be find. very importantly the managers and owners of a business will be charged quite hefty charges if they don't help to make sure that their places stay smoke free. >> it's not just bars and restaurants that must comply. local historic tourist sites including the great wall and forbidden city are also now off limits to smokers in beijing the risk from passive smoking can be the least of your problems. some doctors say breathing the city's air on a particularly polluted day can equate with smoking a whole pack of cigarettes. >> anti-smoking campaigners say the ban is a start but doesn't go far enough. they want a significant rise in
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tobacco tax pointing out that a packet of cigarettes in china costs on average just $1.50. >> the world holt organization hopes that can change. >> the more expensive cigarettes are, the less people will smoke. for us, the more expensive, the better. >> the industry's unlikely to be squeezed too hard. the taxing it pace account for 10% of all government revenues. china has more smokers than the population of the united states and on monday, we found one openly violating the new law. the restaurant owner openly telling us to leave. adrien brown, al jazeera beijing. >> let's get weather with rob now. news are a hurricane i hear. >> a major hurricane. i think this will be the story this year, but i think robin will stay out of the water as this one is indeed doing. if i just stand out of the way this massive cloud here gets an eye to category four hurricane
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burp it's so far from land and drifting the long direction it will probably stay out of the eastern practice i can . this is where el niño is taking it to land now. new jersey has had significant rain so this is the new area of flooding the northeast of new jersey. it's significant it's caused abandonment of cars, flooding of properties and roads. it's not quite finished. good news for texas this front is still existing on the eastern side of the u.s. for the next 24 hours. georgia up to new york and maine, expect yet more rain.
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texas, i think it's going to be good news, stays dry warm and sunny. >> thanks so much. >> one of the greatest ever feats of human endeavor, flying around the world without a drop of fuel. bad weather is bringing a temporary halt. the pilot of the aircraft was 32 hours into his flight when the decision was made to land in japan. he took off from china on sunday in what was to be the longest leg of the journey a six day 8,175-kilometer flight to hawaii. chairman and the pilot of solar impulse joins us. did you miss the good weather window? how much of a delay is this really going to cause you? >> you know, we knew in advance that we could go over a front of
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bad weather and that window closed so it was not safe to continue. this is why we made the landing. of course, it will delay us a little bit in our flight around the world. i hope it's still ok to cross the pacific so cross u.s. and to go back where it all started last marsh but we should finish around end of july, so we still have some time. >> you've five lotted some of these flights days at a time in a small cockpit. you can't move around a whole lot. what is it like? >> what it is like is factistic. you imagine that you fly in the only airplane that can stay airborne day and night with no fuel at all. it's a triumph of technology and renewable energies.
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of course we're a little disappointed because the weather became worse on the pacific but in a few days, we'll be in the air again and continue the mission. >> i want to know the bigger goal, what is the bigger point that you're trying to make by accomplishing this? >> we try to show that they are very practical solutions to protect the environment in a profitable way because today we can already reduce half of the world's emission witness clean technologies, technologies that save natural resources technologyion that protect the environment and at the same time technology that create jobs make profits sustain growth increase g.d.p., because the world needs this technology.
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this is what makes solar impulse fly day and night and this is what he should with use for electrical mobility, insulation of houses. l.e.d. light systems light materials to save energy in everything that moves. we are demonstrating it in a spectacular way and try to give hope in that field. >> particularly when it comes to commercial aviation, what lessons and technology could be used right now practically speaking? >> right now it's difficult to make airplanes with 200 passengers flying with no fuel at all day and night but we can already have airplanes with electrical motors, batteries onboard, even if you charge them on the ground, it's already better than burning fuel at high altitude with a low efficiency motor, electrical motors on solar impulse have 9017%
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efficiency. you can have five people flying in the electrical airplane in the next years maybe 50 people in 10 years. now i don't know when they will all fly on solar power because we don't have the technology to transport 100 passengers, but the wright brothers did not have the technology, either, to transport passengers. after their pioneering endeavor, the industry took over and developed it. this is our goal is to be pioneers and push the limits of the impossible much further away. >> thank you so much for giving us an in sight into how you are pushing the limits. >> coming up on al jazeera there's a draft for a new global climate deal is thrashed out in europe, we ever the front lines
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of climate change. >> years of isolation the collapse of the soviet union meant a dwindling supply of facile fuels and cuba had to adapt and radically alter agricultural practices. >> in sport extreme fierce and one of the world's most fantastic landscapes.
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>>. the iraqi government said it's killed 35 isil fighters in beijing. it followed a suicide talk that left members dead north have fallujah. bangladesh police charged the owner of a collapsed industry with murder. 41 otherwise were charged along with him. >> u.s. law that is allow spying on american citizens expired. the senate failed to pass legislation extending powers to monitor millions of telephone calls and emails. >> russian military vehicles have been seen close to the ukrainian border on a train. russia continues to deny it's providing military report to pro-russian separatists in ukraine. what more can you tell us about
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the details? >> russia has for a long time now been denying any involvement in supporting separatist fighters in eastern ukraine both with respect to troop numbers and military equipment but we've heard reports that there was a build up of russian forces and russian military equipment in the area close to the ukrainian border. we've also seen photographic evidence as such, so we basically traveled down to that region and this is what we found. >> russian military equipment on a train close to the ukrainian border. al jazeera has no way of verifying where these vehicles are being moved to or from. the equipment includes armored personnel carriers, medical supply carriers and tanks. the russian military insignia and number plates have been removed or seemingly painted over. we drove to an air we heard there was a makeshift military
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camp. across the field we noticed clouds of dust in an area around what looked like a farm. large military vehicles were moving in convoy along the mud tracks. around 10 kilometers behind me is the border with eastern ukraine. the russian military say the reason there's so many troops or military equipment in this area is because it's conducting military exercises and denies that its troops have been fighting alongside separatist fighters across the border. >> there have been russian bases in this area for many years. the government questioned whether it was preparing for an attacks as a completely inappropriate question. the army has been conducting exercises around a thousand kilometers from here. nato has been conducting its own exercises at the same time in northern sweden, norway and finland. russia has recently included the deaths of military personnel on what it describes as special operations in peace time as a
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state secret. disclosing details about a soldier being killed can now put you behind bars. the government says the law has nothing to do with the conflict in ukraine. in a recent report, there are details of proof it says of russian operations in ukraine. a close associate of the report's writer is fighting for his life. it is expected he may have been poisoned. there are violations you'd of being committed by both sides. >> i've spoken in the last few minutes to an independent military analyst here in moscow,
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and i put it to him what i asked him what his reaction was to what we've seen down there. he was very candid in his reply. he seems to think it's two things that are going on. he said that the troop builtup that we're seeing is to do with the yearly rotation of soldiers. obviously here in russia, soldiers will serve a year in the army and then new troops are -- replace them. he is saying on the one side this is happening down there. when i describe the kind of military equipment we've seen and pushed him as to what he thought of the fact that a lot of this equipment had no russian insignia's on them, the plates painted over. he said in his words it seemed to be a preparation for what he described as an inevitable summer campaign in support of
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another separatist push. he said he thought that the separatist were going to be looking for pretext to up their game again and attack kiev's military the ukrainian forces again over the summer. he used the examples of what happened last year, it was similar after a ceasefire there was a lull, a summer campaign. again, a ceasefire in the winter there was a ceasefire that was first minsk agreement before a winter campaign started. these are his words the russian military continues to deny that it's untoward on anything on the borders and that supported troops in the past. yesterday, i spoke to a local man in that region, who wanted to remain nameless, didn't want to go on camera. he described how this is son served in the military last year and how determined he was to get his son away from that area, so
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he didn't have to serve in that area so he says because he was scared that inevitably, his son would be asked to serve in ukraine. now just as a last point here, president putin continues to deny that his fighters, his soldiers are fighting in eastern ukraine. he describes then as being volunteer forces. he says there are no active service men and women fighting in eastern ukraine. the ukrainian government says that it has two soldiers, two russian soldiers that it captured on ukrainian soil, one of which the ukrainian government says has admitted to being an active serviceman when he was captured in ukraine. there's a lot of mixed messages here but certainly what we saw over the last 24 hours in that region suggests evidence that not all the questions at least are being answered completely truthfully. >> thanks so much. charles stratford there. >> let's bring in some breaking news coming in to us here on al
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jazeera. we understand that 45 people have been killed from the iraqi military, 33 others have been wounded in an area just southwest of tikrit. it happened at a military base when isil launched a suicide tank attack. a suicide tank attack by isil as a military base southwest of tikrit kills 45. >> everything from global warm to go period of time sides is up for discussion. as part of our special coverage, nick clark went to cuba to find out how the socialist revolution also led to an organic revolution. >> 56 rainy seasons have come
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and gone since the revolution and much has changed. when sugar was gold, an example was set for the workers. today in havana harbor, the sugar ships are long gone and with them a chemical laced system of big agriculture. on the outskirts of the capitol an organic farm providing the community. for pesticides, barrier crops like mar golds and corn. it's not that the cuban government was enlightened about agriculture. they were forced to be russ stainable because of the isolation and lack of resources. >> big scale culture had to be replaced by small multi-crop farms. cubes became expert organic
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growers. >> miguel said it's moving toward methods of sustainable food production. >> it's a myth that organic farming can't feed the world. it's only 70 years ago there were no chemicals. seventy years in the span of humidity is nothing. it is more intensive. we need to pay farmers better to encourage people to come back to the countryside. >> a sustainable approach has blossomed into a bio severe reserve. tourists can feast on locally produced organic food. there is a threat looming. it's tough to deliver decent crops and make a good living. >> there's a lot of things we grow that would be more productive if we had more chemicals. maybe the quality wouldn't be the same, but we lose a lot not being able to apply artificial
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fertilizers. >> changing as fast as the weather, a new and open cuba will mean a new supply of pesticides and chemical fertilizers and farmers may be tempted to return total old ways threatening the organic cuban revolution. >> in sport the french open defending champion maria sharapova has a day to forget in paris. details coming up next.
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>> welcome back. the trial of two al jazeera journalists in egypt adjourned until thursday after failing to produce any new evidence. we sat down with al jazeera correspondent peter greste to talk about the case. >> it's been four months since peter greste was reds from jail and deport road. technically, he's still on trial. >> we all thought that once i was released, that i'd be taken off the case, that would be the end of it. at the first hearing, of course, the judge named me as a defendant. it was really only though at the last hearing when the judge formally said that i had to appear or risk being declared in absent i can't. in egyptian rules you automatically get a conviction. i clearly can't go back, because i was ordered out of the country by the president but at the same time, the judge is
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demanding that i appear. the solution i've got i've come up with is the possibility of appearing by video link. we don't know whether the court will accept that. it would involve breaking new ground for the court but if the first principle of the judicial system is to get to the truth of the matter, then i see this as a solution that might work and demonstrate to the court that i'm not on the run. i'm not a fugitive. >> what would conviction mean for you? >> at a personal level a conviction would be incredibly difficult. it would mean i can't go to any country that has an extradition treaty with egypt. it's a problem for the bigger issue. remember that we were supported by millions of people, literally millions around the world and they supported us partly because of our personal circumstances what we were going through at a permanent level but also because of what we kim to represent, that's freedom of speech issues.
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if we do get a conviction, even if on a simple technicality, it would be a repudiation of everything that those people fought for. >> do you blame al jazeera as a network for what happened? >> al jazeera has some questions to answer and we need to look at mistakes that were made along the way inevitably there were mistakes. it is egypt that arrested us. it is egypt egyptian authorities that made these allegations against us and that's where we need to fight the case. >> right now what's your focus professionally and personally? >> everything in my life hinges on the outcome of this trial so we really, it's all about keeping the attention keeping the right kind of pressure, doing the right work to make sure that the court understands that there is no evidence against us and that the only conclusion it can come to if it's following due process is to acquit all of us, everyone involved in the case. >> don't say you don't get surprises in sport because we have one.
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>> a huge one at the french open. the defending champion has been knocked out in the fourth round. the second seed beaten by lucy of the czech republic. she won in doha a few months ago. the earliest defeat since 2010. she will now play in the quarter finals. >> no such problems in the men's event, roger federer saw the challenge in four sets. the match was carried over from sunday because of rain. he need just an hour to complete his victory. the head of the sri lankan cricket board said he was encouraged by zimbabwe's tour of pakistan which concluded on
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sunday. they were the victims of a gun attack that resulted in refusing to tour the country. we have this report. >> zimbabwe's tour of pakistan has been as much about security in the country as it has been about cricket. checks were stringent on fans painted to show pakistan in its best light as the sport returned to the word stage for the first time in six years. >> we're eager to watch cricket in pakistan. despite terrorism in the country, the cricket game will prevail in the country. >> but the theory hasn't been without i understand. friday a suicide attack near the stadium in lahore killed a policeman and injured six people. still, the third and final one
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day international went ahead with pakistan leading 2-0. the home side notching 296 for nine with muhammed and another both making half centuries. zimbabwe's reply floodlight failure caused the initial stoppage when the tourists were on 68. then a dust storm blew threw with zimbabwe managing one more over before heavy rain forced the match to be abandoned. helping to revive international cricket in pakistan following its six year hiatus. >> this series was very important, one the series was in pakistan and that was very important for all of us. it was exciting for all of us
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and emotional, as well. >> for the fans, hoping to see more top level international teams visit the country in the future. sarah coats, al jazeera. >> earlier i spoke to the director of sport for p.t.v. he said while the series was a crucial step, we shouldn't expect to see bigger nations touring pakistan anytime soon. >> absolutely true. i probably think that this was just a baby step taken by the two boards, the pakistan union and cricket board. it's unlikely other teams will tour pakistan, because they are very stringent. after the karachi incident, it was zipped not to send and pakistan had to cope with what they had in pakistan. i personally feel that pakistani, you know, contradict
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government, they have to be more diplomatic and they have to reinvent their diplomatic policy. think offing to the i.c.c. and you know, they have been shown. >> taking aim at the united states, one of 14 men indicted on football corruption that allegations, want 72-year-old post add bizarre eight minute video on facebook and used an article from the satirical website, the onion which claimed the u.s. would host the cup this year. >> why is it the united states wants to keep fifa world cup. why is this may 27 before election? why is it u.s. sought to embarrass fifa in zurich? something has to be wrong. i make the point to you over and
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over that all this has stemmed from the failed u.s. bid to host the world cup. >> malaysia's football coach is threatening to send home one of his own players from the southeast asian gales for spitting. he was involved in a tussle with an opponent in a group game in singapore and responded by spitting in his direction. the mid fielder received a two game ban for the resulting red card but now faces tournament expulsion. >> endurance skiing is one of the toughest sports events on the planet. it doesn't get any easier when you throw this landscape into the mix. >> there wasn't even a gun to start the race. only about 50 people took part, but it's an event like no other on the planet.
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the course runs directly over an active volcanic landscape. >> this is a special race through the active volcano area, and you can see the steam and smell. it's everyone, from maybe five, six years old to 80. >> the geo therm malobstacles facing competitors include boiling mud pots, sculptured laugh have a feeds and impromptu hot springs. >> the smoke behind me looks man made but i assure you it isn't the competitive ski oh over the wrists. below the surface is bubbling lava. an eruption took place in just august of last year. >> the 60-kilometer push to the fishing village was reduced to 20 this year because of an unprecedented lack of snow. global warming is a
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controversial local debate here. >> all the cross country races for the last two years olympic games, the world championship, they've all been in very warm temperature, and where there's a lack of snow. >> last two winters a lot of snow. the winter before that, not so much and we have not so much snow so it's not my feeling that it's always less and less. >> a former member of the icelandic ski team won this year's race by a considerable margin. only the remoteness of its location has so far prevented the race from becoming a major international event. having enough snow, just 60 kilometers south of the arctic circle to race next year in april will be a clear icelandic marker of climate change. al jazeera iceland. >> that's it for sport.
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we'll have more later. >> paris is ending its relationship with the famous love lock bridge. couples from around the world for years attached padlockion to the railings to express devotion. as jacky rowland reports they're being unfastened now. >> it's early morning in the city of love. a bit of romantic history is coming to an end. their closing off the bridge, a popular destination for couple to say attach a padlock to the railings be as a symbol of their love the weight of the locks is threatening the bridge, so it's time for them to go. >> i found it ironic, we're here to put our locks of lineup here and they're cutting them all down. maybe that's not an omen on our future relationship. >> i came after 42 years of marriage to put a lock on for my wife and i can't do it. [ laughter ]
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>> the whole saga of the padlocks has put the city corp. in a tricky position. it doesn't want to do anything to sup jet the tourists, but has a responsibility to the people who work and live in the city. >> it came down to public safety in the end. the risk that part of the bridge could fall on a pedestrian or a passing boat. campaigners against the locks say they were fee facing a public monument. >> somebody else's expression of love shouldn't come at the expense of somebody else's heritage. that's really the root of the issue with love locks not the locks themselves. >> they will soon be released from the locks but they could find another solution. >> i'll have to find another bridge. >> stay with us here. we've got another full bulletin of news coming up in just a couple of minutes. don't go too far.
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