>> beyond the verdict and on the streets. >> there's been another teenager shot and killed by the police. >> a fault lines special investigation. >> there's a general distrust of this prosecutor. >> courageous and in-depth. >> it's a target you can't get rid of. >> the untold story of what >> hi there welcome to the news hour from doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes: >> the world must recognizes africa's extraordinary process. >> praise and a call for actual democracy, president obama is the first sitting american president to address the african union. >> nato stands with turkey in its fight against isil as a buffer zone is agreed on inside the syrian territory. >> sentenced to death by firing squad for the son of libya's
former leader, who wasn't in court to hear his fate. >> some call it a race, others a run, others say it's just survival. >> in sport we take you to the world's toughest foot race, 200 kilometers through death valley. >> u.s. president barack obama has told africa it needs to build democracy and respect its citizens' human rights. he criticized african leaders who tried to hold on to power. obama i also the first american leader to address the african union at its headquarters in the ethiopian capital. while he urged a change in democracy, he said the rest of the world needs to change its perception of the continent. >> it is long past time to put aside old stereotypes of an africa forever mired in poverty and conflict.
the world must recognize africa's extraordinary progress. today, africa is one of the fastest growing regions in the world. >> obama called on african leaders to stick to democratic rules and stop changing constitutions to stay in power. >> when a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to stay in office, it risks instability and strife, as we've seen in burundi. this is often just the first step down a perilous path. sometimes you'll hear a leader say well, i'm the only person who can hold this nation together. if that's true, then that leader has failed to truly build their nation. >> al jazeera has been following events. we are there live now. he talked about a range of things didn't he, but those were very pointed comments about
democracy and condemning african leaders who try to stay in power. >> yes indeed, and i think that part of the speech is what really resonated with the diplomats and members of the civil society. president obama condemned african pespotic leaders saying africa's democracy was threatened by such leader, while saying he himself was looking over to handing over to a successor, he said no one should be a penalty for live anyway in africa. in that bit of his speech, he mentioned the penalty of burundi, where the president said he was going to run for
office again for a third time. >> he also talked about equal rights personal freedom education for girls. how do you think comments like that would have gone down with the various african leaders today? >> well, most of them we spoke to have welcomed the comments made by the president. they say for example that there was need to do more work on educating girls and making sure that there's gender equality in many parts of africa, because there's a lot of inequality. girls do not get the necessary participation when they go to schools. it's boils educated rather than girls. there was alleges the issue the president mentioned of genital mutilation practiced in many parts of africa and that needed
to be halted. some say that africa expected more from president barack obama. he's the first african-american president. they had expected more from him and that of the policies they will fulfill he had not fulfilled a great many of them. when they look at other issues like for example -- project -- president obama's initiative for africa they say that this was something that was going to give power to 60 million households and that is something they welcome. >> security, of course, another important focus of obama's speech south sudan he's been meeting with regional leaders trying to set a new impetus for a peace agreement. he very much sees the african
antment as an important partner in the war against extremists. >> well, he spoke a great deal about that and said that the united states is helping the african union in peace initiatives in various parts of africa. he mentioned somalia where the african union peacekeeping mission has had some success lately against al shabab. he said that the group was still terrorizing and there was need to keep pressuring al shabab. he talked about mali and basin where. right now he is involved in fighting against boko haram. he also spoke about the central africa republic and he said that all these things are issues and initiatives that the united
states is partnering with africa leadership in trying to bring to an end. he particularly mentioned the peace process where he said that the parties in the conflict come to an agreement otherwise he said the international community, particularly the united states and the e.u. will put sanctions on them. >> thank you. apologies for a slightly dodgy line there. >> nato chief said all members strongly support turkey in its fight against isil. a rare emergency meeting was held in brussels. turkey called the meetings of the defense alliance and said he is worried about the strength of isil in its border region. he wanted nato to be prepared to help. >> it is right and timely that we hold this meeting today to address the instability on
turkey's doorstep and nato's border. nato is following developments closely. >> a nato state comes under attack. nato provides the necessary support and now turkey which has been attacked is exercising its rights to ensure its safety. we will continue to exercise any rights we have according to international allow until the end. we're also asking for nato to be prepared. >> meanwhile the united states and turkey agreed on a plan on a buffer zone to fight inside syrian territory. it's a long held demand from turkey. the details haven't yet been worked out. >> this is the area that isil controls and this is where the
proposed buffer zone would be. >> an expression of solidarity for turkey, but not a lot else. >> i think turkey got what it wanted out of that meeting to get that expression of solid dart to essentially provide the political cover the political backing that helped turkey in its attacks not just on isil positions in syria but also on those kurdish positions p.k.k. positions in northern iraq. turkey has been very careful as far as we can see here to try and point out that it isn't targeting sir i can't be kurdish passions in syria the y.p.g. in kobane claiming they've been shelled a couple of times by the turks. the turks said they were responding to fire overnight and
said they are not deliberately attacking kurdish pokes. the only ones they're after are the p.k.k. in northern iraq, so the nato meeting gave turkey the political cover the political backing it was after. >> nevertheless, this campaign to go after the p.k.k. could be problematic in the long run. is there a risk the p.k.k. accounted expand really a tallation and if so, what would that entail? >> there's been a lot of frustration in kurdish areas over the slowing or the stalling of the peace process the kurdish peace process. that frustration has gathered momentum in recent days particularly after the launching of these new strikes. the p.k.k. if it wanted to could launch some sort of all out assault against the turkish state, it hasn't, he says, because the p.k.k. wants to still try and see if talks will
work. that doesn't mean that the p.k.k. has not been active. it has over the past years. it's been responsible for some kidnappings or killings or other attacks, put that list at 281. that the p.k.k. as they say reminding turkey that if you were coming to hourly house, we can come into yours. no indication yet from this m.p. that we've spoken to that the p.k.k. is planning anything significant at the moment. >> thank you for that. updating us there. let's go to the media advisor to the turkish prime minister, joining us live now from ankara. good to have you with us on the program. we know that the u.s. and turkey is finalizing a plan for a buffer zone. tell us more about that plan and how it would work.
>> your reporter said that the turkey from nato, we are appreciating the nato secretary generals. rewarding the buffer zone or no fly zone, turkey is demanding such kind of measure for years and we are talking about it, but turkey has agreed to open its bases, military base to coalition forces, the allies, rewarding combating with isil and we will continue to do this. before that, turkey already started very comprehensive campaign again but isil and p.k.k. tares both in syria and iraq and doing responsible before then the allied forces. >> you mentioned nato's strong support for turkey there but i
mean, is that enough, as you mentioned, you want a no fly zone. there was no talk about a flo fly zone today. is that a problem? >> no, what we wanted is just to tell what we are doing and why we are doing just next to the turkish border. the turkish borders with syria and iraq is also nato borders. that's why what kind of security measures are being taken and what kind of security threats are happening over there should be known by the nato allies and we want it to be our allies today and we were expecting solidarity from nato and we got it. >> are you going to ask for more ground support and air support trying to clear isil out of the buffer zone? >> nato coalition security, whenever we need extra assistance for turkey's defense
we will do it, and even now some missiles present in turkey in order to assess turkeys defense and that nato is cooperating with turkey, if next step is taken, we will conduct with our allies as well. >> turkey taking on the kurds they do not want to undermine the syrian kurds who are the only significant force at the time against isil in syria. >> look, we should be very clear for nato, united states, p.k.k. is a terrorist organization. p.k.k. as a terrorist organization is targeting civilians and military officers especially after the june 7 election this was a very successful election in turkey. after that, more than 300 terrorist attacks happened in the borders of turkey. that's why turkey has the rights the legislative rights to protect its citizens, its borders. >> ok, but the y.p.g. in syria
has accused turkey of attacking hear fighters near co dane, fired on and shelled by a turkish tank. is turkey attacking y.p.g. position innings. >> look, if any terrorist organization or its affiliate they have close links with p.k.k. if they are getting into fight with another terrorist organization isil, does it mean that the first terrorist organization is legal or legitimate organization? >> that's not my question. us turkey firing on syrian occurred positions? >> look, we should correct that. we are not fighting with syrian kurds. we are fighting with terrorist organizations. ok? we have kurdish population, we have kurdish ministers not with
the kurds are we with a fight but in kobane, more than 694,000 kobane residents were pursued by turkey when isis was attacking over there. the kurdish peshmerga passed through turkish border in order to get to kobane. as long as the syrian kurds p.y.g. or others are giving five with isis, with the regime, which is the main cause of the problems main cause of evil in the region, we have no problem with it. >> thank you very much indeed for joining us. we do appreciate your time. the media advisor to the turkish prime minister. >> there's more to come here on this news hour, including each side blaming the other for continued fighting in yemen, two days into a supposed ceasefire.
plus: >> i'm inside el salvador's only detention center for women. their concern is when they get out, they will be in the middle of fighting. >> when football meets wrestling. >> the son of libya's former leader muammar gaddafi has been sentenced to death along with eight others. he was found guilty of war crimes and suppressing the uprising against his father four years ago. he wasn't in court to hear his sentence. the human rights officer is deeply disturbed by the verdict. >> he's the man many believe would succeed his father, colonel muammar gaddafi as leader of libya. after a guilty verdict he now faces death by firing squad. he was arrested in 2011, trying
to flee the country and is being kept in prison by a former rebel group in the mountain town. the rebel group opposes the legally installed government in tripoli but allowed him to participate via video link. 36 others were also given sentences on tuesday including former intelligence chief and former prime minister, also sentenced to death by firing squad. the chief prosecutor said those sentences will be carried out. >> this verdict is final as the defendants were present. the final verdict from the cardinal i alsocourtof appeal will not be by normal channels. >> the charges against the men include war crimes, crimes against humanity, corruption, and suppressing peaceful protest
during the 2011 uprising against the gadhafi regime. the case has involved more than 200 witnesses and more than 40,000 pages of evidence. a case was brought against him by the international criminal court in 2011. libya's leaders refused to hand him over to face trial in the hague and later won the right to try him at home. the fairness of the trial in tripoli has been repeatedly questioned. human rights watches accuses them of failing to provide proper legal representation. the gadhafi brothers and their aids represent the 42 year long dictatorship a regime many want left in the past. >> the saudi-led coalition and houthi rebels accuse each other of breaching the latest ceasefire in yemen. it's now day two of the five day
truce, but there's been heavy fighting in central and southern yemen as well as on the saudi border. >> the markets in aden have once again come to life, even though the saudi-led coalition unilateral truce is barely holding. on the city's outskirts houthis and saudi loyalists fire missiles towards the airport. a saudi air strike targeted a rocket launch pad. the houthis have not committed to the pause in the fighting and see it as a coalition ploy to reinforce government held areas. on the roads leading to aden, checkpoints have been established to mop for all movement. the relative calm in the fighting means much-needed aid is arriving. getting aid to aden is the first step in reaching millions of people running out of supplies. >> 80% of yemenese are in need of assistance. over 9 million need your gent medical help.
the immunization of children has stopped completely. >> many in sanna just want the war to be over. >> we are entering the fifth month of war and destruction. yemen does not deserve this, the children don't deserve this. after all the destruction the warring sides will negotiate and it's impossible to resolve this except with dialogue. it's better if they just do it now. >> in areas where houthi rebels are trying to take control there's been no pause in the fighting. in taiz and other areas there are reports of fighting. it is said the houthis are sending reinforcement. on the border with saudi arabia, the houthis fired missiles and the saudis responded to the attack. people don't have much faith in the pause. >> we hope that this truce will stop. i mean, it may sound strange
but as we can see hear, as you can listen from people, we do not trust the truce. we think that attacking houthis continuously is the key. >> truce? what truce? we didn't hear anything about it. with we heard there is a truce so you could get electricity and water. we just want things to improve. >> damaged infrastructure and incident republicans of services is a constant reminder of the fighting. people nope it's not over yet. >> let's go back to our earlier story about muammar gaddafi's son being sentenced to death in a trial in libya. mark ellis is an international law specialist and executive director of the international bar association. mark good to speak with you. you have deep concerns about how the trial was conducted. just take us through them. >> well, i think the first real concern is the transparency
issue. we know by reviewing the reports and speaking to a number of people including journalists it was exceedingly difficult to observe the trial on a regular basis, and the security situation in tripoli added to that confusion and it really set an environment that was very difficult for individuals observers to actually look at and see the trial day in and day out. that means it's difficult to get an assessment on whether or not the trial was in fact met international standards of fairness and impartiality. you have to have fairness for that to succeed. >> he wasn't in court to hear the verdict. i guess the question has to be
was he able to follow proceedings and properly consult with his lawyer. >> we don't know that, but we sense that perhaps he did not. he was assigned a lawyer, but of course, he was not in tripoli and we know by the records that he missed 17 out of the 24 court sessions. he just was not video linked into those sessions, so that would be prima facie evidence to suggest that he simply did not have an opportunity to engage with this trial process and i think it was unfortunate. i think it was very unfortunate that the court still went forward and imposed the death penalty on him when in fact, the trial process at least for gaddafi simply did not meet international standards. >> let me play deviled it is advocate because i do like to do that. many libyans would agree that crimes were commit and don't
care how the trial has been conducted. do you think that there will be a sense of justice in this? >> well, there they have is in the long run if in fact these trials are seen as being more of a show trial and they don't meet the international standards, libya has or certainly had an opportunity because it demanded the right to bring these individuals to justice. it said we have the capacity and willingness to undertake trials that meet international standards, and so, generally the international community sat back and provided them this opportunity to do it. if they fail, if they fail in the eyes of the international community, i think that's a major problem for libya as it goes forward. so yes i do think it matters. >> mark, always good to speak with you. thank you very much indeed for that. >> two policeman have been killed in a bombing in bahrain. six others were injured in the
blast on the island of citra. the government said the explosives used were similar to those found in a raid on saturday. >> egyptian police killed two men believed to be involved in the recent attack on the embassy in cairo. the two suspects were killed in a gunfight when police raided their apartment. >> let's get the weather now. richard's here. i mean, there is no letter for that mop soon. >> no, the moon soon is at its peak at the moment and we've seen flooding in many areas. as i run the satellite sequence, you can see two great spirals of massive clouds developing. both systems have potential to cause real problems. we've already got problems in pakistan with extensive
flooding scores of people have lost their lives in the flooding which has been on going. we've got heavy rain reported from this system across the east. in fact, the real activity is centered right in the bay of bengal region. these systems tend to cause problems. we've had heavy rain, both areas will keep the rain going in the coming days. we could be looking at two to 400 millimeters of rain quite widely more particularly from this system. that includes myanmar in what will be real nasty flooding. we pull out and move further towards the east, southeast asia, you can see that great circulation of cloud. for parts of northern vietnam there is the worst flooding in 14 years. we're going to see heavy rain continuing over the next few days following on saturated ground. over the next few days, flooding a major concern across much
which asia. >> richard, thank you. >> still to come here, oh funding crisis could delay the start of school for half a million palestinian children. beijing police bust a fake iphone factory worth billions of dollars. >> in sport find out whether one of australia's key players is set to be fit. that's all coming up after the break.
barack obama warned african leaders trying to hold on to power that they put their countries at risk. >> speaking at the headquarters of the african union he urged the world to change its perception of africa and recognize its successes. >> nato's chief said all members strongly support turkey in its fight against isil. a rare emergency meeting was held in brussels. turkey is worried about the growing strength of isil in its border region. >> a son of libya's former leader muammar gaddafi and others have been sentenced to death for war crimes and suppressing the uprising against his father four years ago. >> calling on israel to stop the process of legalizing force-feeding of detainees. learning strike. the bill is before parliament for two more readings opinion the government said the measure will only be used if an inmate's life is perceived to be in danger. some worry it will targets
palestinians in administrative detention. >> israeli riot police confronted jewish settlers at an illegal settlement, trying to evacuate buildings following a court demolition order. an israeli human rights organization that palestinian land owners went to court on sunday to block expansion of the settlement by jewish ultra nationalists. >> the summer holiday may last longer for palestinian refugees. the u.n. relief work agency is facing its worst funding crisis ever. as al jazeera reports without more money the school year can't begin. >> in the often chaotic life of a refugee school offers children more than just an education. it gives stability and purpose. that's why news that the start of the school year might go delayed is so upsetting to palestinian families living in
the gaza strip. >> education is a most sensitive issue for us. we can't afford the expenses of private schools. >> the u.n. relief and works agency facing its biggest financial crisis in more than 60 years. it needs $100 million to fully fund its education program. come september, it won't open the doors to schools until it makes up the deficit. that means half a million palestinian refugee children across the middle east may be getting a longer summer holiday than expected. >> the decision means shutting down more than 700 schools and more than 22,000 teachers and employees will not go to their jobs. >> with so many crises around the world in need of funding the u.n. agency is struggling to get what is becoming a smaller piece of the donation pie. yet, the agency says the need is
growing, as more palestinians sink deeper into post and seek help. >> a half million children in the streets in the middle east. >> the u.n. is hoping member nations will once again heed the call to give so palestinian children can begin a new school year along with their peers around the world. al jazeera. >> the spokesman for the u.n. relief agency joins us live from london. chris, good to have you with us. i've been in gaza and met palestinian children. it's clear that they see education as a respite from the grind of their life and a way to a better future. what is the impact of them not being able to go to school in september? >> well, as you quite rightly say and as natasha made clear in her report, this fall, the children of gaza and we are not just talking about 240,000
children at u.n. schools in gaza we're talking about 60,000 children at schools in the west bank we're talking about tens of thousands of children at schools in lebanon syria jordan so this has regional implications and for the palestinians an education is a passport to dignity be a passport out of the poverty trap, it's a symbol of your dignity and humanity. as a time of rising extremism to have half a million children potentially on the streets of the middle east is really an extremely unfortunate situation and it's hard to believe that the leading members of the donor community would want that to take place but to be clear if we do not acquire 101 million
u.s. dollars in the coming weeks, we're going to have to make some extremely tough decisions about our education program, our largest program. >> the problem for you chris is that all these u.n. member states are battling the strain of dealing with syrian refugees, mike grants, the humanitarian crisis in yemen and you are hopeful that they will put their hands in the pocket for an education project. >> we are talking about the education system, which is larger than many american cities. we are talking about 500,000 children, 700 schools we're talking about 220,000 teaching staff, so it is an immense problem, but let's be clear about this. p.m. working to milt gate the impact of political failure, it is because the major members of the international community have failed to resolve the syria
crisis failed to deal with the underlying causes of the blockade in gaza, that the emergency bucket which is part of our larger budget is so badly depleted. to the donor community we say yes, we understand there are other crises in the world but these are certainly not of the palestinian's making and certainly not the making of palestinian children, who are being punished. we hope that the donor community will come up with this money. we hope to move the question of non-responding to the security echelons in capitals, because frankly, that's what it's become that's what it's about now. >> chris good to get your thoughts. thank you for speaking to us from the u.n. relief agency. >> young women and girls in parts of el salvador live in free because of criminal groups. many are being ordered to join gangs or risk being killed. we have this report. >> a yuck girl's prison, time
behind bars and perhaps too a ref final in a country racked by gang violence. the girls we spoke to worked for the gangs collecting extortion money from shop keepers. some were afraid to speak to us, afraid they'd be killed when released. care lena has been here two years. she used to collect up to $1,000 a week for the 18th street gang. >> they split everything. they help each other out. they don't just think for themselves. >> she was born into a poor gang community. her brothers are gang members her boyfriend too until he was killed last year. many of these girls couldn't read or write before coming here so they're schooled in job training. sometimes they bring their beaks as they attended classes. four girls are raising their children here. school uniforms can't hide the sign was their previous lives.
tattoos are the norm in a country where people brand themselves showing allegiance to gangs neighborhoods and boyfriends. many hold on to hope that a better future might bait them beyond the walls. skills in baking, beauty school and sewing classes still more than many here ever had. many of the girls locked up here told me they come from a troubled background and don't have many opportunities so they see this time as a chance to stayed or train for a job that they hope to get once let out of here. >> often easier said than done. >> once they pass through the door when they leave we don't of control anymore. that's the limit of what we can do to reinsert them into society and there's no support from the outside. >> many come from broken homes where they've never received the love or attention they crave but as release dates approach, girls know they'll be on their own again.
carolina dreams are being a forensic scientist, but would settle for a sewing job at a factory. >> i'm worried that once i'm outside, doors will be shut, opportunities for a new life closed and i'll have to go back to what i did before. >> prison life is bleak. most look forward to release. even though who know these walls offer as much protection as punishment. al jazeera, el salvador. >> forensic experts in colombia uncovered what could be is the countries largest mass grave. 300 people killed by security forces and paramilitary groups are believed buried there. we report from the outskirts of medellin where relatives of the missing have been gathering. >> hoping their long campaign could soon be over, family members which those who disappeared from medellin
gathered for a ceremony in this landfill. it marks the beginning of the exhumation of the country's largest mass grave. >> today we started flooding the lights the dark impunity that we have been subjected to. >> the names of hundreds of victims are read out loud, written along with the date of their disappearance on black nondescript silhouettes. most disappeared 13 years ago in colombia's civil conflict. that's when government troops and armed gangs carried out military operations against leftist rebels to gain control of the area in 2002. >> victims say that paramilitary groups and state security forces have tossed up to 300 people in this land field. this was an open secret here, but while everybody knew, few have done anything to uncover the truth until now.
>> it was absolute impunity. there's a hidden truth here which we can only hope will finally come to the service. >> she has been searching for her husband for a decade. he was last seen being forced off a busby armed men. >> i don't expect to find his entire body, but hopefully we'll be able to find something to punish those responsible for this. >> the prosecutor recognizes authorities should have intervened sooner. >> today we have new legislation, mostly the reduction of violence means we can reach these areas and demobilized areas. >> it will not be an easy task. trucks have continued to dump waste here for years bub the families of the victims say they can wait as long as the closure
>> more than half a mile heaters are sprayed on the farmland. some contain the chemical glyphosphate which the world health organization says probably causes cancer. >> i've got no fingernails because i touched chemicals without gloves. you have to handle delicate things, so you take the gloves off. >> he sprayed crops for a living. now he has liver cancer and five different agro chemicals have been found in his blood. this land is regularly fumigated, is right on the edge of town, just a few feet away from these houses where people daily will be touching, eating and breathing toxic chemicals. the prevention network was founded in 2005 when a doctor highlighted unusually high cancer levels, this map showing the spread of the disease. >> mostly have cancer they believe are caused by the spraying. a team of scientific investigators were called in from cordoba and la plata
universities. >> we want all the fumigation machines to be sent far from the town. we want the chemical deposits stored far from the town. >> residents citing the report voted for a clean up, for an end of unsafe storage of chemicals and for this kind of dumping on the town. >> we're up against a lot of economic interests, because we're questioning the agricultural production model based on the application of these substances, which are detrimental to health. their response was to question the scientific validity of our reports. >> most owe their livelihood to the genetically modified soy crop which needs heavy spray by chemicals like glyphosphate. monsanto, which is one of the biggest producers of the chemical, declined our request for an interview. >> i'm in a bad way, because i did bad things. that's why i'm in this fight, so
that things will now be done properly. >> some have left town, fearful for their children. most stay and fight against the chemical sprays, and for cleaner air, uncontaminated food and healthy soil. the sun has not set on the town just yet. al jazeera, argentina. >> ministers from a dozen pacific rim countries will meet in hawaii on tuesday for what could be decisive talks on ambitious free trade agreement. it's known as the trends pacific partnership or t.p.p. the countries in partnership are shown in orange opinion the group has a total population of 60 million. this will be turned into a single market for many businesses. some say it will expand
protections, pharmaceutical firms would be able to prevent cheaper drugs and drugs will become more expensive. there are mixed opinions over exactly how it will benefit from the trade partnership. >> its products mop for levels of air and water pollution. eco tech exported them around the world. tariff made some big markets,ment co in particular, difficult to track. its boss homes the transpacific partnership will change that. >> we're confident that we have the mechanisms to put out the services and the competitive edges to take on these opportunities that a t.p.p. would bring. >> in all 12 pacific rim countries involved in the t.p.p. talks which make up 40% of the global economy, exporters are eyeing opportunities. supporters of the t.p.p. say it will bring cheaper goods and services to all.
the impact will be to raise global g.d.p. by $300 billion. the talks have critics and there have been protests. the secrecy of the negotiations has frustrated many. >> we don't know anything and that's just outrageous that people are going to be held accountable to an agreement that we never saw the details of in the first place. >> what little is known causes concern, labor unions worry it could cost jobs. green groups say it could empower corporations at the expense of the environment and consumer advocates warn monopoly rights of patents would be expanded. medicines could become more expensive. >> the intellectual property divisions pushed by the u.s. are agreed to by vietnam, then half of, over half of the current patients receiving treatment for h.i.v. in vietnam would no longer have access to those treatments. >> another concern is the potential for provisions to
allow corporations to sue governments threatening their profits. a cigarette company is challenging australia over its plain packaging laws under an existing trade treaty. there could be more of that under a t.p.p., critics say. >> after almost a decade of negotiations, the t.p.p. talks could conclude in hawaii later this week. one country that has not been part of them is china. that's significant. president obama has made it clear he wants the united states to pivot more towards asia. if these talks were to fail, he thinks china would establish its own free trade zone based on its standards, not the u.s.'s. this t.p.p. deal is as much about politics as economics. >> chinese police raided a factory producing fake apple iphones. it's alleged to have made 40,000 of the phones.
the husband and wife in charge of the operation were arrested. >> they will be following this case with alarm, most pourrying was the scale of the operation literally hundreds of workers were said to be involved in this fake factory unit on the outskirts of beijing itself, taking old iphones components from them and resembling them and passing them off as new iphones ready for export. the case came ba when a number of phones were detected by authorities in the united states who tipped off their colleagues. authorities point this as evidence they do get tough with makers of fake goods but this is a timely reminder of how sophisticated counterfeiters are becoming. >> still to come here on al jazeera: >> we'll have all the sport for you. what motivate runners to take
>> welcome back, sport now. >> the international olympic committee are still expecting a bid from the united states for the 2024 summer games. it follows boston's decision to withdraw from the contest. the i.o.c. has given cities until mid september to table a formal bid. boston's mayor said the plan lacked public support and was already rising in cost. los angeles now the favorite to be selected as the u.s.
candidate. >> i refuse to mortgage the future of the city away. i refuse to put boston on the hook for overruns and i refuse to commit to signing a guarantee that uses taxpayer's dollars to pay for the olympics. >> everybody will regret, however if you look at the statement that's come from the united states olympic committee and from boston, they seem to me to have reached a reasonably amicable decision, so the united states at the moment no longer have a candidate. with a bit of luck, they'll of another soon. >> the man in charge of european football is getting closer to becoming fifa president. the election for football's top administration job is set for february next year. sources close to him say an announcement can be expected in the coming days. seth blatter is standing down with fifa the subject of two criminal investigations. he has strong support in four of six continental federations.
>> south african cricket player rice died at 56. he had been ill with a brain tumor. he became south africa's first one day captain in the post apartheid era. the country was banned from international cricket for 14 years. >> australia's opening batman 37-year-old has been taken off the attack in the net since suffering dizziness. he was struck on the helmet. rogers has been a top scorer with 95 and 173. >> seems to have come through really well. good to go and i think will have
another hit tomorrow. i'm not sure. but seems to be good. >> under huge pressure going into the game, batting at three despite his poor run of four. regrouping after that huge defeat. >> we've got a very excitable bunch of players down stairs that are desperate to go out and show what we can do. you look at what we did to cardiff it was a great performance. it's about this week now and we get an opportunity to get ahead in the game, we take it. >> one of the toughest foot races in the world is getting underway in a few hours' time. the stage runners taking on a big distance in extreme weather conditions. the battle of the basin is located in the death valley national park in california. it's close to the nevada border. the start point at the lowest elevation in america i guess
85 meters blow sea level. a field of just under 100 athletes set off on the journey. it takes in three mountain rangers. if they complete the course within the 48 hour cut off mark, they finish on the mount whitney summit in that that is the highest point in the united states. we are near the start line. >> some people call it a race, others say it's a run others say it's just survival. 135-mile or 217-kilometer foot race starts here in the death valley national park of california. as you might be able to tell, nothing really survives here, because it is so hot. this i also one of the hottest areas in the entire world
certainly in north america. right now it's 120 degrees fahrenheit 48 degrees celsius and it's a little after 6:00 p.m. local time. 134 athletes from 34 countries have started to arrive here. it finishes in mount whitney one of the highest points of this part of the country. within the world of endurance athletes this race has taken on almost mythical status. it's considered one of the most difficult races anywhere in the world, so the obvious question is what drives people to want to do it. >> i want to see however i can take the body, where i can -- however i can push it here. that's where the drive is, to see if i can do it. >> i won't suffer a lot but i take all. i endure. >> this race is about survival,
but it is also a competition. the course record set was in 2007 when a brazilian man finished in 2251. for the women that record was set in 2010. >> the celebration probably won't be energized. here are the jacksonville sharks of the arena football league enjoying a touchdown reenacting the rock's signature wrestling move. the sharks went on to count out tampa bay with a huge 63-16 win. they've got a lot of time to think about how they celebrate their wins. their pretty confident. >> thank you very much indeed for that. that's it for this news hour. there's more news after the break. do stay with us.