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$511 million over the weekend. thanks for watching. i'm stephanie sy. next we're live from doha. >> hello there, a warm welcome to this news hour. evading the icc. sudan's president flies out of south africa preempting a court ruling on an international arrest warrant. u.s.u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon calls for peace in talks for yemen. and the sky is the limit at
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this year's find out why airlines are keeping their purse strings held tight. >> south africa's high court has ordered an investigation into why sudan's president was allowed to leave the country. deified a court order to stay in the country while the high court considered handing him over to the international criminal court. he had been visiting for an africa union summit, and he's wanted by the hague for alleged war crimes in darfur. we're live in johannesburg. there was no arrest warrant issued by the high court. just an investigation into how he was allowed to leave the country. >> and the south african government has just seven days to respond to those questions about how omar al-bashir was able to leave the country
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specifically when there was an inter rim order preventing him from leaving the country. that was issued earlier on sunday. that was for the purposes of the court to complete matters regarding this arrest warrant that the organization had wanted with regard to omar bashir with being in the country. this will raise a number of issues in terms of how the south africa government has lived to the ruling of the high court and the place the high court has in terms of its authority in the country. >> absolutely. not only that, but why was the government so anti in anding bashir over?
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>> this would be immune from prosecution and being detained in the country. this was made public about ten days before the summit. they said this was okay. the south africa is moving in line with the icc. rather moving in line with the african union saying that the icc should not have jurisdiction over africa, and it does not have any value and it's eye bassed in its approach to dealing with alleged crimes against humanity or war crimes specifically in africa. >> how is this drama all playing out with africans? how are they responding to their government's actions. >> they're not particularly concerned about the standing of the high court and whether or not the african government has enough respect for that court considering they did not hold up
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that order that omar al-bashir remain in the country. and they responded negatively to how they have conducted itself. it's only a few hours ago that the government said oh, yes omar al-bashir has left the country. prior to that they said we have no knowledge of where he is. no knowledge of whether or not he is in the country. that's been frustrating for south africans because there is protocol that goes along with the foreign foreign heads ever state being in the country. there is concern. >> thank you very much for joining us with that update from joes hansberg. well patrick stewart is the icc prosecutor. i asked him what was the reaction there for south africa's failure top arrest of omar al-bashir.
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>> the prosecutor, of course, expected that they would fulfill their obligations under the statute, and arrest president al-bashir, but that did not happen. so of course we're disappointed, but not discouraged. not in the east. >> i mean, the icc asked south africa to do everything in its power to stop bashir from leaving, and it didn't. why was that, do you think? >> i think you should put that to the south african authorities, not to me. >> but it seems to be a problem that we're seeing across africa, we're seeing bashir traveling through these countries. they're failing to arrest him and hand him over to the icc. and the african countries are saying because it does not want to recognize the icc's arrest warrants. >> i think that's a simplification. they do ago the icc's arrest warrants. we succeeded in arresting a couple of huge titches lately. i think you would be aware of
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that, and perhaps not someone of the stature of this particular fugitive, but i think we have a great deal more support amongst africa states parties than may be apparent. >> but which african state? they will seem very happy to line up next to him and have their photo taken. >> well, i don't know. i didn't see the photo. but we deal and prosecutor in particular deals with the heads of state all over the african continent, and the level of support she gets is very great indeed. and in fact, we would not be able to function without the amount of support that we get. >> but that's the point i'm trying to make. >> well, with respect to arresting al-bashir we need to have determination and patience. it may not appear right at the moment as though things are functioning, but they don't always stay the way they are at the moment, do they.
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>> what is the icc planning to do next? how much patience do we need to give them. >> we need to to defend on the cooperation of states parties. we don't have a police force. we need the support of state's bodies, and it's up to them to decide whether they're going to help us deliver the mandate they've give us or not. but beyond that there are certain former steps formal steps that can be taken. we can seek a referral from the chamber to the u.n. security council to report on the matter of south africa's failure. and it will be then up to the security council which referred the matter in the first place to the court to decide what steps it will take. >> at least 20 people have been killed in the series of blasts in chad. witnesses say that suicide-bombers are sign takennously attacked two buildings.
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there have been no immediate claim of responsibility. arrest is growing between australia and indonesia with claims that australia paid people smugglers to return back to indonesia. andrew thomas has this report. >> did australia pay smugglers to return these asylum seekers to indonesia? on monday australia's prime minister was asked repeatedly to confirm or deny the allegations. he refused. >> the consistent position of this government is to not comment on the operational details-- >> there will be silence. >> on what has been done. >> but stopped by bribing smugglers, the allegation is that six crew members of a boat carrying asylum seekers were paid $5,000 each to turn around.
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>> we spoke to the boat passengers in the group and they did confirm to us that the australian authorities did pay money to the boat crew, and if in fact, if that was the case and they were turned back to the open seas that would go against everything that we're advising and urging states to do in this type of situation. >> turning boats around means not helping asylum seekers on board and paying people smugglers not to smuggle could encourage others to start. >> suchif true could become an incentive for fishermen in indonesia to help smuggle asylum seekers. >> lawyers say paying smugglers anywhere probably breaches international and australian laws although prosecution would be led by australia's government so it's not likely to happen. >> there is a question of
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legality and what is with right and wrong. on any face of it this would be wrong. >> leaders are demanding answers answers. >> i want the opportunity to talk with him directly because we're really concerned. if it is true. >> indonesia has launched it's own investigation, too. would australia's government really pay criminals not to commit a crime? last week the very idea seemed ludicrous, but the prime minister's non-denial and mounting claims in indonesia that the payments did take place has many believing that they must have done. for now australia's government is standing firm. but at some cost to its relationship with indonesia and at home and abroad. andrew thomas, sydney. >> u.s. military commanders have not confirmed whether an u.s. airstrike in libya has killed one of its most want.
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the formal quite command formal quite commander was responsible for an attack two years ago. three tunisian police have been killed in a gunmen in a checkpoint. one gunman was killed and another captured during the fighting. tunisian forces cracked down after government after three gunmen were killed in march. hashem ahelbarra in geneva. >> the united nations secretary general was hoping to meet all factions in yemen's war. that didn't happen. because the houthis and allies of former president ali abdullah
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saleh were in djibouti. the egyptian government refused for their plane to fly over to switzerland. for ban ki-moon the gather something a crucial opportunity to pull yemen from the brink of disaster. >> today yemen's very existence hangs in the balance while parties have responsibility to end the fighting and begin a real process of peace and reconciliation. >> ban ki-moon called for a two-week truce to allow aid deliveries to the needy. the chairman of the yemeni government delegation blamed the houthis for the continuing fighting. >> there will be no cease-fire
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or aid delivery on the ground. >> talks begin with houthies arrive in geneva. for now neither the houthies nor the government seem to be willing to make concessions. fighting continues across yemen. in the city of taiz forces loyal to president hadi said that they repelled a houthi offensive. the united nations fears all out civil war talks will collapse. they do inwhile they do in the have a talks talks, but all agree that it should end.
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>> in south korea students are back in school. plus, 800 years after magna carta a community still fighting for justice. and in sport we'll have all the actions on the nba finals as one team moves close for glory. >> four leaders stand accused of a shameful failure. amnesty international say that millions of people face the worst refugee crisis in our area. more desperate people over 13,000 syrians crossed the border in the past week fleeing fighting between isil and kurdish forces. amnesty's report said that four million syrian refugees are struggleing to survive in turkey , lebanon, jordan, iraq and
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egypt. there are more than 3 million refugees in sub is a harrah's africa. 3.5000 people die crossing the medicine in 2014, and almost 2,000 have died so far in traveling boats like this one. hundreds more have died in southeast asia, mainly rohingya muslims fleeing persecution in myanmar. well benard smith has met some of the refugees at the turkey syrian border who crossed over into turkey to escape the violence. >> just a couple of hundred meters from mere in the islamic state in iraq and the levant is in charge--for now. the latest search of surge of refugees cross the border town under isil control. border strikes have helped the ypg to push forward. >> we lost our home ten days ago. fierce fighting forced us to leave our children.
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before that life was okay. >> we were terrorized by isil. we left because of a heavy bombardment from both sides but i'll never go back. in there you die a hundred times a day. >> the ypg has had the area in its sights for three weeks. isil has controlled it for 14 months. the townspeople escaping the fighting say that it's now deserted. ypg commanders say just a few isil fighters remain inside, and this is the only road to raqqa the capital about 80 kilometers away. this is the fourth time that turkey has opened its border. most of these people have been waiting for 4 hours to get through. they're carrying everything they can manage for the most part they look relieved to have made it through. they will now be processed by the turkish authorities and allowed in to turkey.
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>> this woman hurt herself as she scrambled over razor wire. she'll join the 717 million syrians already sheltered in turkey. safe but stranded as their country crumbles. bernard smith. on the turkey syrian border. >> there are reports that eight people are been killed in two separate explosions. one of the blasts went over outside of an office and the other outside of a bar. it's unclear who is behind the attack. the armed group boko haram has been behind similar attacks in the whyer. the death toll from an al-shabab attack on an military base in eastern kenya on sunday has raise on it 15. three of those killed has been identified as a british citizen and two kenyans. a warning that you may find images in the report disturbing. >> people at a morgue to view the bodies of 11al that babb fighters killed by kenyan troops.
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one of the dead okay is a kenyan. close to 50 people were murdered murdered. a british national has been identified. thomas evans converted to islam when he was 19 and came to fight along side al-shabab four years ago. thousands of people have come to view the bodies. the air is thick with the stench. the government says that the reason why this public view something going on is that people can help in the identification but also to boost public confidence in their ability of security forces to deal with al-shabab. this woman's brother was shot dead during the attack, along with seven other men. >> people here did not brief that the government was doing enough to pursue those who killed our loved ones last year. today we came to see for ourselves and now we go home feeling like we've been
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protected. >> more than 50 gunmen plan to carry out multiple attacks. these are some of their weapons. security forces are pursuing the gunmen who escaped into the forest that stretches all the way to somalia. >> we cannot say that we're done with the operation. >> had woman could not bring herself to view the bodies. instead she came to this memorial plaque put up to memorialize those killed in the attack. her husband of 3 years was burned in his car. >> 100 trillions zimbabwe dollar notes have been correcter items. it's a small fortune compared to
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the 40 u.s. $0.40 s. that they're offering. talks between greece and it's european creditors have stopped. they said austerity government has failed to stop spending cuts. talks will resume in luxembourg on thursday. hundreds of ex-service men in india are holding a hunger strike to protest against its pension. they want an uniform pension of personnel of the same rank regardless of when they retired. >> these former indian army service men say this hunger strike they're on is their last
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desperate mesh. for more than 40 years they have been campaign forgive one range one pension. which means they want officers who retired at the same rank to be paid the same pension. they say this was a key pension by thepromise in the campaign last year, but they have yet to receive their dues. >> we will devil go for action. that is not going to be in the interest of the service men or the interest of their nation. >> consecutive indian governments have reneged on agreement with normal indian army service men and women but now this has particular significance political ramifications keeping in mind it has alienateed millions of farmers with controversial proposals for amendments to the land bill. now you've got millions of former army service men and
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women do in the have a fulfilled key election promise. >> nepal is hoping to welcome back tourists after the devastating earthquake in airport. heritage sites are expected to reopen that were badly damaged. the director of art history at the virginia commonwealth unity in qatar she's in nepal. that's her area of research. she joins us from kathmandu. >> we have 743 monuments that have been registered as completely collapsed or are facing significant damage. the monsoon is upon us right now. unless some of the monuments that are still standing are stabilized there is a real danger that these will championships. one of the things that we have to realize is that this is a living her stage site. so the government itself is like
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a living museum. that tangible and intangible heritage is so closely tied together. so the collapse of the monument really means that the life cycle, the sacred site has been disturbed, and the sacred space where people come in every day to worship to pray, that whole cycle has been irreversible in its damage. and so even today we have the wonderful 12-year cycle of the sacred rain-making deity and that cycle should have been been--that process should have begun. again, because of the extensive damage we're not able to, again you know, do the ritual cycle of the monuments that are related to the monuments themselves. >> the whole country is trying to rebuild.
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the ruins of the quake in rural nepal are promising to deliver care to new mothers and their babies. >> this woman is a broken woman. she had single-handedly been taking care of more than 100 women and women's health but can no longer even talk about her work. when the earthquake hit in innal in april. she lost what was dearest to her, her two grandchildren. a two-year-old and a newborn. >> i was so happy to be working with child health i used to go on house calls. but this is what god did to me. >> she is a community health volunteer. one of the 52,000 women who insure that pregnant women newborns and children under five are healthy. now she feels lost. >> community health volunteers are said to be the backbone of
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nepal's health services. now many of them are struggling with their own losses, leaving the entire health system broken. the community volunteers this man's wife did not make it. she was buried with her two children as she was running to save them. 16 people in this village died. >> i feel like i've lost half my body, he tells me. the health posts with cracks on the walls that scare patients and workers. it could take three years to rebuild, and that's if it remains fast and the morale stays high. but many face their own battles and with the monsoon season
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expected to bring landslides and bring disease people in villages like this expect more suffering. >> still ahead suffering in silence. we meet mexican who is are desperate to be granted asylum in the united states. plus collectors give cuban art thumbs up on the cuban island. and coming up, more on copa america.
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arriving back in khartoum. he was met by a cheering crowd. australia's prime minister has refuseed to confirm or deny allegations of paying people smugglers. the yemen chief of mission for doctors without border in yemen. she joins us now from new york. maria elizabeth, the u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon has called for a two-month cease-fire. how desperately is that needed in yemen?
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>> yes, we face an incredible situation in yemen since the beginning of the war in mid-march. there is bombing and the fight and we miss water electricity food fuel, we face a very difficult situation at this moment. there is a lack of humanitarian activity to reach people in need. >> paint a picture for us, if you will, what it is like for doctors doctors without borders. what is a typical day there? >> because of the fight in the streets, because of the snipers and the different check points, people are cannot get to
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different hospitals. hospitals. some days we receive injured people, since mid-march we've seen more than 8,800 injured people in the hospital. but it is a modest figure because we know that some hospitals are receiving people, and we know a lot of people are able to reach the hospital, who die in their homes. >> there are so many people in desperate need of aid i read some 80% of the population is in need of aid yet we're not hearing much of an international outcry. why do you think that is? >> excuse me, i didn't hear you. >> apologies. we seem to have lost the line to new york. marie speaking as doctors
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without borders mission head of mission in yemen. but unfortunately we lost the lines to her. now a north korean soldier has walked across the world's most heavily militarized border in a bid to defect to south korea. he areached the guard post and it is rare for north koreans to cross the militarized zone. more than 1,000 defections from north korea to south korea take place every year. but most of them are via china. >> students have returned to class despite the mers outbreak in south korea which has killed 16 people. schools have reopened but 440 remain shut. students are are wearing masks and being told how to stop the disease. >> monday morning and it's back back to school for these children living in the outskirts of the capital.
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3,000 schools colleges and universities had shut their doors as as a precaution. some parents are nervous to take their children to school and class even if they are wearing protective masks. >> i hope that the children cannen joy school life again in a secure environment. >> every student is checked to make sure they don't have a temperature before they're allowed in. teachers are looking out for other symptoms, too. lessons begin with an introduction for the reason why they've been off school. the aim is to insure that children and parents have nothing to fear. >> we mitigate parents concern by taking precautionary measures in every school. in the schools are closed too long that would pose difficulty in continuing with the curriculum. >> not every school reopen: schools like this kept doors shot. this is one of 440 schools that
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remain closed in south korea. while the mere suggestion of mer mers still looms large over the country, some are taking no chances. >> it's here where the focus of attention remains. the medical center in seoul one of south korea's largest busiest and most prestigious hospitals has now suspended the bulk of its services after being identified as the epicenter of the mers. with this city on high alert every precaution has been taken to help contain the outbreak using hand sanitizers and face masks. >> i don't think young people would be easily infected. >> so far the virus is confined to hospitals. medical staff and their visitors. the "world health organization" said there is no evidence that mers is spreading in the wider
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community, or that the virus is mutating into one that will pass between people. while doctors continue to keep a close watch on all infections, all but everyone, young and old can do is try to carry on as number. al jazeera seoul. >> in venezuela jailed opposition leader and dozens of his supporters have been on hunger strikes for three weeks. he was jailed for 15 months after anti-government riots last year. they're demanding the realize of political prisoners and a date for elections. protesters in brazil say more people are being evacuated to make way for the rich before this year's olympic games. they have been on the march near the olympic park in rio de janeiro. it is near one of the wealthy
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iest areas where real estate prices are rising. there. is only one place to be this week for high flying executives. that's the paris airshow. the latest and greatest in all sorts of flying machines are on display from shiny new airliners to the most lethal military aircraft mile systems and a whole lot more. airbus said that 3200 new aircraft will be needed in the next 15 years. taking you straight to khartoum we'll stay with it for a moment to see if it stabilizes but we have the sudanese foreign minister speaking in khartoum following the arrival back home of the omar al-bashir. >> the president has never been absent in the african summit. the summit is one of the important gatherings. even after the notorious solution handed down by the
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international criminal court by the entire people of sudan. this visit was supposed to be a normal one. yet our enemies are looking for you. the enemies of sudan and they have attempted to create a drama in order to prevent the president from taking part in this substantially important summit which no doubt brings a great deal of benefit to sudan and it's people. that's why the president was adamant to take part and by the grace of god the sudanese delegation headed by the president took part in the summit from day one attending all the session including the inaugural held joint meetings with a number of african presidents leaders. and as a matter of fact we have
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been closely following the happenings of the summit and trip of the president. we knew that this was nothing. but the media fanfare that the president took part in the summit confirming to be the the shining star and the minor in which he was welcomed and received by other african leaders proved that he is an african leader well respected and appreciated by all the africa leaders. not only him but also the sudanese people. it was business as usual and the president was adamant to take part, defying this media fanfare that has been propagated by suspicious bodies. by the grace of god the president has returned home safely today once again i
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resalute you and the media representatives, and all the sudanese people. you, the media representatives have been closely following the president's trip, conveying minute by minute the entire happenings of the summit as the president stood and directed that we are a great people. thank you. >> to begin with, the international criminal court has been releasing these statements and some parties are trying to take advantage of the situation.
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we believe that the sudan government will have a firm strict stance against any country taking such a decision. it's a matter of sovereignty. we're a sovereign state. the president is elected by the people of sudan. and you have been all following all these statements that are lame and meaningless. it's reported that the plane took off from the military air base. i can tell you and this is happening in many summits that the president's craft normally do not take off from regular airports. we have landed in johannesburg international airport after that we return from private airport.
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the stands taken by the government of south africa was understanding. from here we extend all appreciation and thanks to the government and the president of south africa for the warm reception, great hospitality and the tight organization of events. once we landed--we've been listening to the sudanese responding to the dramatic events of the day. it's president's hasty exit from the south african summit. it's not usual for the president's planes to leave from the air base. a defiance response to the icc failed attempt to arrest sudan's
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president. in sport we go to world as number one in the game.
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that goes where nobody else goes... >> my name is imran garda i am the host of third rail and you can find it on al jazeera america >> only 124 of the 9,000 who said they feared for their lives were granted the right to live in the u.s. last year. adam raney has been speaking to someone who said his life defends on him escaping mexico.
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>> the stories in this soup kitchen are all about abuse at the hands of smugglers and the police. this man said he and 30 other migrants were robbed and beaten by federal police. most bear the mistreatment silently afraid of what might happen if they speak out. but after years of repeated beatings and kidnappings, juan miguel has had enough. he wants to apply for asylum in the united states. recently deported from there he said he was forced to dig tunnels like these under the border. he managed to escape, but he can't escape his fears. >> i haven't been able to sleep well. nerves are shot. i'm afraid they're going to kill me. >> the lieutenant castillo can't confirm if migrants built the tunnels, but he has seen many over the years. >> we've seen a lot of drugs, a lot of tunnels that have been connects from mexico into the
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u.s. >> his boss said that there is only one word to describe the way migrants are treated by cartels. >> it's slavery definitely slavery. there is no two ways about it. what happens after they finish the tunnel is unknown. maybe they disappear because they become witnesses. >> that's what juan miguel is afraid of. he has made a formal complaint about the now he must leave mexico. >> i'm suffering persecution from the government and police and criminal groups they can't control. i want an opportunity to carry ohen living. >> juan miguel is about to cross through the mexican side over to the u.s. side and apply officially for asylum now. most of these cases are rejected, and there is a possibility that he will be detained by u.s. authorities for several months. this is what he's fighting to return to. his home in america.
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>> it frightens me more the idea of him letting him go in mexico because that will be more dangerous right now than if he's locked up. inside he's okay. guarded, detained but he's alive. at least we can visit him. but if he's stand back across the border his life is at risk. >> lawyers told us that the best hope is for his case to go on for six months and then authorities will allow him to go home to his family until an immigration judge decides his fate. adam raney al jazeera, nogales on the u.s.-mexico border. >> let's go to sport now. >> thank you. the golden state warriors are one win away from their first nba title in 40 years. they've taken a series advantage over the cleveland cavaliers despite a brilliant performance from superstar lebron james. an he electric atmosphere of
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game five. cleveland cavaliers were strong for the first three-quarters causing big headaches for golden state. >> the contest was just ramping up. >> lebron james whose going who brought them back again with 40 points, 11 assists and 14 rebounds. >> lebron james from way downtown, and the cavs go up by one. >> but that lead would not be enjoyed for long because just 14 seconds later a fired up curry continued. there was simply no stopping him. curry, firing off 36 points, 17 of those in the final quarter alone to put the cavs beat the
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cavs for a fourth time. >> we understand how we have to get it done. we're ready for the opportunity. >> we're not celebrating at all. we've come this far. and we've been very good at home. we have to understand why we weren't good in game four. we had a lack of mexico. a lack of effort. a lot of areas in game four, and we can't repeat that, or they'll raise the trophy for sure. >> now they need one more win to claim their first nba title in 40 years. sara pope, al jazeera. >> brazil's star player neymar has paid tribute to zito who
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died at. he had retired as a player and helped to develop young talent in the club including neymar. well in copa america action in chile. they played their first competition since their embarrassing defeat to germany in last year's cub finals. they scored less than three minutes into the match. neymar who missed that ill-fated match with an injury. giving brazil their 11th straight victory under coach dunga.
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football confederation has nine allegations that the country paid a bribe to a fifa executive to host the 1998 world cup. u.s. authorities are investigating claims that morocco paid the bribe to jack warner. he has denied it. other allegations come from chuck blazer who said he took a share of the alleged bribe. morocco lost out to france in the bid to the 1998 tournament. en one of the fifa officials who accepted bids in the 22 world cups said that qatar should be allowed to keep the tournament. however, there have been raised concerns about the conditions of the country. >> it's not only the construction of the stadiums, it's all about the logistics. we think that qatar was worse position than other countries
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bidding. that's why we say here we'll face it. anyway qatar has the right. they won it. i think we can only expect that they will do a wonderful work up, a beautiful one. and unless they discovered something really really wrong. but before that i don't see that they can just take it out from the country. i'm sure they'll do their best to have a wonderful wormed world cup, but with controversial they've not been able to overcome it. >> how will they overcome this scandal? >> it's a very sad moment. the first one is transparency. 100%. i don't know how they will do it but they need to do it. for instance, for me it's very clear and it must be public.
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the second thing football. the credibility of the big organization will every year it will be worse and worse and then it will be very difficult to recover. >> ifthe 26-year-old won the pta championship for the third straight time on supplied sunday gaining the number one ranking. they scored the lowest score in the major 19 under par and is the most successful south korean golfer having won six major titles in her career. austria have won a silver in the synchronized swimming.
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it comes days after the one of team's members were injured. their 15-year-old teammate, who was the most severely hurt in the reaction remains in an induced coma with spinal injuries. >> it was very difficult because we're all together, and we--we work every day eight hours. we are every day like family. enjoying dino-size numbers, with a highest grossing debut, $512 million. chalking up impressive numbers >> well, there is more sport on our website. check out we've got blogs and videos from our correspondents from around
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the world. that is all the sport for now. more later. >> thank you very much. now, cuba's 12 annual art exhibition is attracting art lovers from around the world. and it's making it possible for artists to make a real living. many are buying up cuban art like never before. we have more from havana. >> an ice skating rink with pretend ice in the middle of tropical have a haniya. havana. and a fake beach congress one of the coastal drives. these installations and other works of arts are part of the highly anticipated biannual art though show, an international eventually. but like never before cuban artists are taking center stage. >> there were so many regulations, prohibitions and these new freedoms we're see something like throwing a drop
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of water on a very dry desert. they're being absurded at lightening speed. >> the paintings excepting the seductive relationship between cubans and foreigners, especially tourists. >> she is pure, beautiful but dangerous like a jelly fish. it's its jester who seems so hospitable who can greet you in five languages but ends up selling you cigars and women. >> cuban art has become a booming business, auctioned at sotherbys or purchased by visiting collectors from new york to beirut. >> like so many othersic in this year this refers to this complex relationship with the ocean and with its northern neighbor just 140 kilometers
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away. it also refers to the tens of thousands of cubans who try to cross these waters to make it to the other side. >> michael uses american and cuban flags with empty bullet cartridges and barbed wire to describe decades of bilateral tensions and the long awaited burst of a new relationship. >> this is called fiesta. that's what we are pea living now. preparing for the party and waiting to see if it's possible to be friends and not enemies. >> the paintings are exhibited in his own studio show room, and selling for 10s of thousands of dollars. further proof that cuban art like cuba itself is becoming a focus of world attention. lucia newman, al jazeera, havana. >> please stay with us on al jazeera. another full bulletin of news is right ahead for you.
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