tv Weekend News Al Jazeera August 29, 2015 5:00pm-6:01pm EDT
sglvrnlings i am david foster. you are watching the al jazeera newshour live from london. this is an idea of some of the stories we are covering in detail. of course, in the next 60 minutes. >> anger and upset as a ask the court in egypt sentences three al jazeera journalists to three years in prison. >> it sends a drainage dangerous mention that there are judges in egypt that will allow their courses to become instruments of political repress and propaganda.
a long walk across europe, extreme risks to find new lives fire and fury on the streets of beirut as thousands protest about the government's inability to provide the most basic services. >> after hurricanec katrinis a, new orleans pause to see remember the devastation. >> back in doha, i will have your sport including yet more blues for chelsea. the champions crash to another defeat in the english premier league. there has been worldwide condemnation in the jailing of egypt of three al jazeera journalists. a court in cairo found them guilty of aiding a terrorist organization and broadcasting false news, claims which they have strenuously denies.
the retrial as they had been found guilty in june of 2014. the egyptian bahar mohammed where he got a 3 and a half year sentence, the producer in the cairo office and six months more than his colleagues because he was found with a spent cartridge which he maintains he picked up at a protest. al jazeera's cairo bureau chief, the canadian mohammed fahmy, a man who was a national but dropped egyptian citizenship. three years for him and the same sentence for the australian peter greste. ays correspondent was deported back to australia earlier this year having been tried e67 ebb though epwasn't in the country. press freedom groups and the united nations, samantha barr called the verdict another significant blow for press freedom. let's get the details and the background today from natash
campaign. natasha gname. >> reaction globally to those developments in egypt. routed by the glom attic editor, james bays. >> getting diplomatic reaction from around the world. lots of countries issued statements. all of them have condemned these verdicts, from the countries that had nationals affected. fahmy is a canadian national, the consulate minister issued this statement. she said the canadian government continues to call on the egyptian government to use all tools at its deposal to resolve mr. fahmy's case and allow his immediate return to canada. i think what they would like is what happened for peter greste. he has been convicted of terrorist crimes but he was allowed to go back to australia
in february. they would like that. mr. greste is an australian. the australian foreign minister said i am is that dismayed. i will continue tonight pursue all diplomatics to clear his name. we also had a comment coming from the united states from the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. i know having had conversations with her, she has been working very hard on this issue behind the scenes. she is a former journalist, herself, sam angthat power tweeted greste and greste sentenced to three years for doing their jobs. out of the united nations in new york, i have been speaking to the spokesman for the u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon. >> the secretary general has been following this case very closely. the he has been a strong advocate for freedom of the press. he has urged that the cases of peter greste and mohammed and fahmy and all other generalists
in detention would be until accordance with the obligations to protect freedom of the press and association. >> he also told me that ban ki-moon will continue to raise this issue with egyptian officials. now an important milestone is coming up in less than a month's time, the u.n. general assembly when every year, leaders from around the world gather in new york. among those on the list i have seen are those planning though attend, president sisi of egypt. i assume em come under freshb pressure. >> we got this from the u.s. department of state, the official seal there of john kerry's department. this is from his spokesman: the freedom of the press is to investigate, report, and it comment even when its perspective is unpopular or disputed. it's fundamental to any free society and essential to democratic development. we urge the government of egypt to take all available measures to redress this verdict.
redress it, overturn it, whatever you like. let's bring in an associate professor at hash harvard specializing in the middle east joining us from istanbul. we know who is being sentenced in all of this. but if the trial is political, as so many people have maintained, who is being punished? >> that's a great question, david. i think that, you know, the trial may be political, but it's important to realize that egyptian judiciary isn't simply, though, a willing instrument of the egyptian executive. so i would caution viewers against viewing this as a verdict that comes from -- a verdict that reflects some decision that came from on high. you know, just think about all of the testimonials that your glom attic reporter just -- diplomatic reporter reported, egypt has received widespread
condemnation. it's not like this was unpredictable. i think this would be expected. so i feel as if the egyptian regime probably sees this as a kind of headache and this verdict, to me at least signifies that the egyptian judiciary has a mind of its own. what this verdict really reap flecks to me is the way the egyptian judiciary per seeks the international press in general and al jazeera in particular, as somehow distinguiwishing egypt al jazeera, as you know, the egyptian -- lots of egyptians believe is sort of a mouthpiece for what they feel is not an ally at this particular time. so, i think it's important to understand that the egyptian regime is this big complex behemoth. a decision issued by the judiciary may not be what the executive wanted. >> are you suggesting that the judiciary sees its role,
perhaps, as an organization to crack down on wrongdoers rather than to apply simply the rule of law? >> i think that could be an accurate description. you know, part of the difficulty in assessing egyptian judicial decisions is, you know, one has to actually read the decisions and i haven't yet read them but also, as you know, even questioning the judiciary can be seen as insulting the judges. and that comes with its own penalties. so, i think the judges very much do see themselves at this particular time as writing wrongs as you put it -- writing wrongs as you put it. it does represent a shift. he job description journalists have been no strangers to the heavy hand of the state and the judiciary. but this represents, this al jazeera trial and other detentions of international journalists, this represents a kind of shift in focus to
foreign reporters who i think had previously been kind of immune. and i would -- i was expecting the decision today to go the other way. i was expecting it to reflect the fact that this al jazeera case has really represented a big headache for egypt and egypt should want to be rid of it, but the fact that the judiciary kept it alive shows me how tenaciously the judges hold to this view that foreign reporters at this moment real a threat. >> let me ask you this: there has been a massive international campaign spearheaded by journalists worldwide and led by al jazeera. if it has all led to nothing so far other than front page news and interviews such as this
. >> if they step to the european union, what will happen? what is their rights? >> these refugees don't know their rights this noning woman from syria gets a travel paper. she is traveling with her 13-year-old brother. it appears they want to prepare the way for the rest of their family. >> get my father to germany. >> for your parents you want to get your father? >> yes. yes, and my mother.
>> it's likely they will cross the next border using people smugglers. as they leave, more arrive. so, it goes on 24 hours a day. andrew simmons, al jazeera, ruska, in hungary. >> stay with us if you can on the "newshour." we have this coming up: tens of thousands of their malaysians call on their prime minister to quit. displaced iraqis with no where to go as they try to escape isil fighters in anbar province. we have the sport to you. on the penultimate day of the world athletic championships in beijing. >> the streets of beirut packed with protesters once again issuing what they say is an
ultimatum to the lebanese government to meet their demands within 72 hours or else. the rallies were prompted by a garbage crisis that has widen as the demonstrators calling for a revolution against the country's politicians. the group saying that the government can't provide even basic services. our reporter, jamal al shal has been down amongst the crowd. >> reporter: by all accounts, the turnout is significant here in central beirut. thousands of people have come out to demonstrate against what they see as an anti-ling establishment that they are fed up with. >> they are again the system which they say has failed them. the only flags you find here are the lebanese flags. not those of political parties, something which makes these protests unique. let's ask some people why they are here. what are their demands. can you tell me why you are protesting? >> i am protesting because i
believe in democracy. i believe in freedom of speech. i believe in something new like innovation and new government. >> thank you. that's one view. it is a pro-democratic angle to why some people take it to the streets. let's ask another young lady here what is it that's going to make you say that, you know, you have achieved something? >> we just want our bank rights. so no garbage on the streets, job opportunities so we can come back home and live with our parents. security so we can feel safe in our country p that's it. >> thank you. so there is a wide range of why people come to the street. many obviously triggered by the garbage crisis, but the problem, as we have been saying over the past few days reporting on the story are much deeper. they are, a lot of them, linked to the sectarian make-up of lebanon'sling system. >> the important thing here is the fact that all of these people came on their own
volition. they weren't sent by parties. they came because they want to challenge the nature of the power structure and they came with specific demands that they want to implement and that are registic and implementable. the combination of those three things makes this historic. it is a numdz movement building here in lebanon. now, it is one based upon basic demands like water and electricity, but one aiming to achieve much greater things, changing the political system. whether or not they can do that is something they still haven't answer did. however, the coming weeks will be very exciting indeed, and one of the world's most significant countries. >> in lebanon across to malaysia there, where there is mounting pressure on the prime minister to resign.
demonstrators have been accusing the prime minister of being corrupt. they say he mismanaged the country. more from wayne hay who is there. >> reporter: they chant what they want their government to be: clean. >> for too long. we want responsibility. >> the demonstrators gathered at key locations around kuala lumpur ignoring it sthose sayin their protest is illegal. >> i want our voices to be heard. >> this movement staged large rallies before calling for things like electoral reform and greater transparency from the ruling coalition that has run the country since independence in 1957. they were given extra motivation this time when allegations surfaced last month that the prime minister had taken almost
$700 million from the state investment fund. najab denies the allegation and says the government came from a private middle eastern donor. the bursey movement beliefs it's time for him to go and for the power of the prime minister to be curtailed. >> the ruling party controls the legislature and then they control even the different power. that's not good for the country. we feel that has to change. >> this rally cut across rachel lines with strong representation from the chinese and indian communities as well as the malays who formed the majority of the population. >> this is where the protesters are coming to. one of the entrances to merdeka or independence square right in the heart of kuala lumpur. this has been the focal point of so many political protests over the years. >> the protest leaders say they won't try to go inside the square, itself, which is being readied for modeka day celebrations on monday.
the police have blocked all of the entrances to a venue that is the symbol of malacia's political independence. wayne hay, al jazeera kuala lumpur. in tie land, police have charged a man in connection with the bangkok bombing nearly a fortnight ago. he was arrested on the outskirts of the city where officers say bomb-making equipment and stacks of fake passports were found. they believe the blast that killed 20 people was connected to a personal not political grudge. >> the military is now holding the man who we found to be in possession of unauthorized explosives, a foreign man, 28 years old. we found parts of bomb-making material and a metal plate with lids used as a bomb container and a number of passports from one country. in syria, fighting between pro-government forces and rebels has resumed in a number of key locations after an open-ended
cease-fire was breached by both sides. the truce set on wednesday was supposed to cover zabadani and the government-held villages of alfruaya. overnight talks on broader deal and the evacuation of civilians broke down. new pictures have emerged of the conscious caused by saudi-led forces in yemen. these show the aftermath of shelling in tiaz, yemen's third largest city. the red cross and human rights watch have criticized the saudi coalition for, as they put it, indiscriminately shelling civilian areas with cluster munitions. ten years it is now since hurricane katrina swamped much of new orleans. 80% of the city was flooded. the storm ripped through and devastated the u.s. gulf coast. events have been held in new orleans including a replay ceremony in memory of those who
died. it was new orleans that bore the brunt of the hurricane. the storm broke the barriers that were supposed to keep it from flooding the levees. more than 180 0, more than half of the victims elderly, $80,000,000,000 in property damages thought to be the costliest hurricane in u.s. history. warm greetings for this man a few days ago, but this was a disaster for them then president george bush. his administration, heavily criticized at the time over its slow response. let's go to andy gal kerr joining me now from new orleans. i have to say, andy, i have been looking behind you. looks pretty ordinary day. we have the traffic moving. there doesn't seem to be much in the way of celebrations or commenrations, but it's been a very emotional few days for the people who live now and who lived through all of this. >> reporter: yeah, it's been a big struggle over the past decade. this morning, we were down in the lower 9th ward, one of the
worst hit neighborhoods where they were having a festival of resilyenls and that speaks to the spirit of this cityience an the spirit of this city as to how much the city is progressing. on canal street in the french quarter, extremely busy, the tourist numbers here are back to pre-katrina levels. in some cases even more. if you are living here, you would think everything was normal. if you are in somewhere like the lower 9th ward, see less than half of the residents ever came back. 100,000 african-americans never even returned to the city. so there has been great progress. the tourism industry is booming, a big bio industry here the film industry here there are more movies made in new orleans than hollywood last year. it is patchy. we hear president obama talking about that on thursday, talking about the widening gap between african-americans and whites. it's growing at a faster rate than almost any other city in the united states. rents are skyrocketing. property prices skyrocketing, all of which essentially target the poor.
so progress has been made, but as the president said on thursday, there is still a lot of work to be done. >> okay. andy, we will leave it there. thank you very much indeed, andy gallacher there on canal street in new orleans. you are watching the al jazeera news houfrment hundreds of protesters and corporate changes to end what they say is police brew mortality. off to chicago and african art. how senegal is hoping to inspire creative genius. we have the sport, the moto gp, marco shows he is in no mood to give up his titles qualifying for sunday's british grand prix.
people tracking down a better life in europe continue across the continent and fire and fury on the streets of beirut as thousands gather to protest about the government's inability to provide even the most basic services. it's almost two years now since al jazeera's journalists in egypt were arrested. the canadian, mohammed fahmy, egyptian mohammed were detained in december, 2013. their first court appearance in the 20-month legal battle that was to follow was in february of 2014. june of that year and all three were found guilty of spreading what was called false news, helping a terrorist organization and operating without a permit. fahmy and grete were 70sed to seven years. mohammed to 10. convictions overturned by the casatian freed in february to await a retrial after 400 days
in redeposition. ays has vigorously denied that they did anything wrong. the next legal step is likely to be an appeal before that egyptian court. peter greste has been describing shock at the verdict talking toayss's an drew thomas. >> peter greste was with his lawyer in sidney watching for news from cairo by a post from social media from journalists in the courtroom. the verd iktsz when they came were not what he was hoping for. >> peter, you just had the news. what's your immediate reaction? >> andrew, i am finding it very hard to find the words to describe how i am feeling at the moment. you know, we knew that there was always a danger that we would be convicted simply because the authorities have faced so much and they have so much at stake in this. they have invested so much in this case, but i am just
absolutely devastated for my colleagues in particular. you know, i won't be going back to prison. i am not going to go to egypt. but my colleagues will, and i know what they are going to have to go back to. i know the prison conditions. i know the families that they are going to be leaving behind, and it breaks my heart to know what they are going to have to go through. >> what are the options from here for you and the others? >> two separate paths. the others have the option to appeal once more to the court of casation. we will need to see what happens with that. they have 60 days to lodge that appeal. but for me, i have no option for appeal because i am not physically there. i have to be physically present in egypt to be able to do that. the only option for me is to go for a presidential pardon. >> you just have spokenen to australia's foreign minister. what did she have to say? >> foreign minter bishop told me that she was also quite
showninged and upset by the ruling. and she said that the australian government will pursue every legal and diplomatic means to overturn these convictions. so, the australian government seems right behind me, and i am very pleased i have had such -- i have had that expression of support. >> peter, thanks very much. >> let's bring in assistant professor of political science at long island, a member of the egyptian rule of law association. you must be wondering if there actually is an egyptian rule of law right now. >> absolutely. well, if we look at what has been happening to the three individuals and really to not just the 19 journalists being held until prisons but to the political prisoners being held in egypt today. if we look at the details of this trial, initially, they were sentenced based upon charges that were that they were damaging national security, they are spreading lies to aid a
terrorist organization. they arrested after the muslim brotherhood was declared a terrorist organization. their trial was marred with false evidence, irrelevant evidence, even the court of kasation said there were so many irregul irregular layer at this, that's why the retrial was called for. it's not difference between what the difference between the initial trial and retrial that led to that i their conviction today. >> rather than say the same ol' things over and over again, why don't we try to examine it in a little while of detail. the first trial said everything seemed to be a little bit wrong. let's step back and look at it again. the evidence was represented. this court decided that there was evidence of guilt. so in what sense do you think the two trials differed? >> this court said that there was evidence that they were guilty. it's not clear what evidence they are basing this on, and that is what the problem is.
it's not clear what difference evidence was presented. they were found guilty on not submitting papers to register with the journalist syndicate. they were found guilty of presenting false information. now, the reason why the language of presenting false information is interesting at this point is because earlier this month, under the new terrorism law that was passed, journalists who present false information under the new terrorism law are not only fined but can be held, and so the language used this time is "politically expedient. it's not clear there are any differences in evidence presented between the second capes and the first case. >> why would it be in the interest of the egyptian authorities to present evidence that led to the guilt of these people if they remember entirely innocent? what do they get out of it? >> what they get out of it is that they get journalists who
are being imprisoned or they get the place of journalism on the ground to be so high because what they don't want is actual real reporting. according to one of the police -- one of the reports we heard earlier this month was the new terrorism law, the actual wording was that egypt's on a two-pronged war on terror. one against terrorism and one against foreign journalists who are how to defame the e job description state. once the language is that foreign journalists are out to speak against the nation by actually representing pulse information and going outside of the national narrative, you are seeing that actual reporting or freedom of the press is not just under assault in egypt but is actually going to go lead to language that becomes very taxing, not just to the craft but to the freedom of the presses and ultimately free speech. >> thank you. we will leave it there. appreciate it.
at least two people have been killed in a mortar attack carried out by the islamic state of iraq in the levant on a town just on the outskirts of baghdad. al fallujah is the last line of defense for the iraqi capitol. many have fled to the town to escape isil fighters in anbar province more from zeina khodr. >> one of a few towns in anbar province where the state has a presence, the roads beyond this checkpoint lead to issim-controlled areas in north, west, and central iraq. this is the only lifeline from those cut off from the rest of the world but only a few make it out. >> i managed to escape but my family is still there. they don't allow people to leave. they tell the people that they should die alongside them. sometimes, they tell you, if you want to leave, you have to leave your women and children behind. >> some 300,000 people fled when isil captured ramadi, the
proofvincial capital of anbar in may. as fighting intensefies between isil and government fors, the human crisis is worsening. >> there is fighting and the airplanes are striking. life is difficult. instead of add vantszing, the army had to pull back. we had to drive in the dessert to reach here. >> many of these people have relatives they left behind. hundreds of thousands are believed to be in isil-controlled cities and towns while isil may have some support, the majority are trapped. >> they are hostages. isil uses them as human shields. some pay $500 per person to leave while others have to proof they are sick and need help. >> the mayor of this town is busy helping those who reach al falluja. isil positions are less than a kilometer away isil has many
front lines one is here. isil has been trying to capture this area, but so far, the iraqi army and volunteer fighters from the town have prevented the armed group from advancing. but much of the rest of the province including the main roads and the board ever with syria is in isil's hands. it has been using suicide bo bombings, roadside bombs and booby traps making it difficult for the army to break the group's defenses. on this front line, the main concern is to protect the iraqi capitol, baghdad, just a few kilometers away. zeina khodr. >> the british library is being criticized for refusing to store the largest collection of documents about the taliban. the library said it could be in breach of counterterrorism laws and have been advised not to make the material accessible. researchers hope it includes sufficient newspapers, maps and room broadcasts would be a
valuable resource in understanding the conflict in afghanistan. security is going to be tightened on european right arms after a failed attack on a high-spreed train running between amsterdam and paris last week. passengers will face id and baggage checks after ministers agreed to greater control at stations. more from peter sharpe. >> reporter: the foiled gun attack on a crowded amsterdam to paris express last week exposed a dangerous lapse of security on the europe's railways. it was only the bravery of .4 passengers who overpowered the gunman that prevented a potential massacre. on saturday, france convened an emergency security submit of interior ministers across the .u u for some, it has thrown up a number of suggestions toss toughen security measures on europe's rail links. airport style metal detectors
and scanners to be deployed on some international trains. more armed security forces to be drafted in to main line stations. greater exchange of security information so that destination countries know when a suspect is heading their way. and, the introduction of selected targeted checks on routes in and out of turkey, a common entrance and exit point for jihadists travel from syria. germany's interior minister was brutally frank in assessing the chances of winning the fight against terror attacks on the train network. >> i must say it's impossible to tefrz complete a check of persons and luggage of millions of people who travel day-to-day in germany and in europe. it's technically impossible and it will be a victory to terrorists to destroy our free travel. >> it was a pessimistic view
shared by rail travelers this weekend. >> it just is when you are traveling by train, you can risk your life actually. at the end, i think it can happen everywhere, on the beach in turns e i can't, on the train here in europe. >> e.u. transport ministers will debate this in october with the burden of ensuring the safety of tens of thousands of passengers every day, likely to fall on national police and railways, peter sharp, al jazeera. >> hundreds of protest in the u.s. city chicago are calling for reforms to make sure that the police department obeys the laufz. the rally's organizers say the police have a reputation of killing and maintain what they describe as torture centers used to target ethnic minorities. the department has come under scrutiny over an interrogation facility. at least 20 people have died. another 31 are missing after
tropical storm erica wreaked havoc on dominica. heavy rain brought flooding, mudslid mudslides, which, in turn, destroyed homes and roads. at least five people have been killed by erica, also, in haiti. other islands are making preparations action but forecasters have downgraded the severity of the storm. more than 50 years of conflict have turned much of column gambia's countryside into a minefield. 11,000 people have either been killed or injured by land mines since 1990. alessandro peitti have been top see efforts to clear the mines. >> cutting dirt and roots, campo is searching for land mines in these infested hills close to his hometown. >> it's the sudden enemy that you can't see. you are walking down the road and you never know if it's mined
or securie. when you least expect it one, one goes off. >> working for the halo group, a british ngo. it runs the operation of the kind where the conflict may have ended but the mines remain. the workers are rollly trained and share stories about the horror mines cause. >> i stepped on one when i was 14. miraculously, it was filled with water t didn't go off. i was born again that day. now, i am helping my people get rid of this threat, get back to their homes. it's a grain of sand toward the peace we aspire to. >> locating and de-activating the explosives here comes with unique plicatoilns. the mines are often crafted from coffee cans or pvc pipes with syringes as deton ators. when metal detectors don't work, they need to dig underneath the entire area. >> this spraelths the safe area
that has already been cleared from the dangerous area where land mines can still be found. this is a painfully slow process that requires great caution. >> day of work, only between two to forty meters are cleared. >> these miners used to be reynolds. both say they are using their expertise to make up for their actions. >> in an anti-military operation, we would plant 40 or 50 mines a week. sometimes, we would go back to get them. sometimes, we won't. i saw many people, en among our own, die from them, feet and legs cut off. others who lost their sight. that's why i fled, and that's why i am here. >> recently the government and farc started add joints removal operation in other areas. it's an importantly step for peace. at this pace, it will take decades before the job is finished. the farc has yet to commit to not planting any more of these
many? they are up to second in the english premier league because there was a huge shock on saturday. sanfordbridge saw mourinho well a defeat against crystal pal. gave the visitors the lead in the second half. he did equalize for chelsea only do palace retake the lead almost immediately. chelsea the champions now 13. cryst crystal palace are up to second a fantastic spirit. they were lucky but they deserved a lot. they fought a lot for that. my second team, i think we deserve more. i don't think we deserve to win.
i don't want to say that. >> manchester city made it four wins forward victory over goals from sterling and peligrini's team had a 2-nil win. >> another surprise that came at amfield where west ham recovered their first win at liverpool since 1963. drawing with everton and arsenal recorded a 1-nil win at newscast he will. >> munich maintained their 100% start of the season with a 3-nil victory. they lead germany with 3 wins from their 3 matches n spain, barcelona managed to edge past with the one-nil. real madrid into the second half with real leading 4-nil under half an hour to go there. beebt has won hisa goal. in beijing.
. >> reporter: not even a segue can stop you saying two days being knocked over by a cameraman making the winning gold in beijing. his country to victory in the 4 by 100 meters, his third medal having already claimed the 100 and 200 meters. it's his 11th goad in total. >> it means a lot. i came out here to win. that was my aim. i told you that. but i got it done. a clean sweep in the ray lays. they won the race. frazier-price getting her second gold of the championships. farra won thet. he becomes the first man to win both events at successive world championships. >> it's something i enjoy so much. you know, working, hard, working hard and to come win this
moment, it was incredible. >> ashton eaton broke his record to claim gold in the decath lon. >> i think the world record is something that makes me more happy just because it's -- i don't know. it's something that people have never done before. i like trying to go for those things. >> the americans performance in the last of the 10 events, 1500 meters meant he finished with 9,045 points. richard parr, al jazeera. >> the anti-doping manager for the iaas said he was shocked at the accusations they had allegedly covered up test results. earlier this month, british outlets alleged more than 800 athletes have recorded suspicious blood tests. camp de vile has intend speaking tonight al jazeera in beijing . >> i am shocked they exist, these accusations because they
are groundless and unfair. groundless because we did everything we could at the time to apprehend and catch the cheaters. we didn't turn a blind eye. we didn't shy away from our responsibility. we did ntests when no one was doing blood tests. we did blood tests when it was notness to do blood tests. now we have been accused of sitting on our ends in this period, and we, i think we vigorously defended ourself. we have and still do it. we have opened our files to the agency which is investigating and a different commission has been put in place. we welcome them in opening the file and prove them that we did everything we could at the time based on the resources that we have and based oned upon the applicable framework. >> do you find from continent to continuenent a reason for why
people dope? >> we are a universalspot and that means we have to deal with 200 countries and every country has to have a different education message be given depending upon the situation in the country. so every time we educated, no indicate kenyans the same as jamaicans and russian athletes because it is different culturally. that's a challenge for us, is being able to to have, as we said before, a tailor made doping testing program and a tailor made education program. >> fighting doping is more difficult for you as a sport where a sport like soccer, we rarely hear about doping issues. does that irk you? >> yes. a lot we were doing
blood testing, us, that's it. a handful those not blood testing at the time. and in the xhunl indication, the media, you can't win. when you do things, you are exposed. you catch cheaters like cycling is doing, like we are doing and then the conclusion of it is saying, your sport is dirty. >> there is a classic race prospect at silverton. the current world champion qualified quickest on saturday on his honda and broke the lap record in the process. marquez currently 52 points behind the leaders in the world championship standings, 25 points from a win. the world championship leader, the current leader jorge lorenzo joins him on the front row in second position. his yamaha teammate back right there, qualified fastest never on points with lorenz 0 but second by virtue of winning racing.
>> that's sport for now thank you very much indeed. the remote countryside of senegal, there, a special art wants to inspire the village. it's called "the thread" it tends to widen arrestthe appeal modern art from, let's say london, and berlin. >> sirio hanson subpoena for the paris luxury brand now at "the thread" in a remote village in senegal. she didn't know what to expect but then she became inspired by the local fashion. she started knitting hats as well as muslim skull caps. and the unexpected happened. keirous young men joined in. why not knit my own hats? we are all practicing muslims. we need to, to cover our heads. >> sirio calls this a creative
conversation, letting inspiration do the talking. >> my favorite thing about being here is there is hardly any phone reception. there is no internet. you can just turn your phone off and have 100% focus and just being. west wern ngos have come and gone in this region. the art center is a brain child of this village doctor. he says people here needless aid more art. we have lots of young men uninspired who are attempted to my great to europe illegally doing it not just for money but for adventure. i hope the art center can remind them adventure can be found at home. >> another resident artit is a film maker with a passion for the light and the country side here. a passion she wants to share with the villagers. >> this community is not accustomed to visitors, let alone contemporary artists. the people mind the thread
believe this might bring some attention to this area and perhaps elicit some inspiration for the young men who would otherwise be attempted to travel to europe illegally. >> at first, villagers didn't know what to make of this creative drive. the village doctor asked the imam for his support. known for his sense of humor, the imam laughed at the yd that artists would want to come here. he gave his seal of approval. the thread has been open for a few months now. there haven't been that many visitors. most come for the power outlet to see charge their phones. but now and then, young men stop, strike a conversation, and quietly start knitting. nicholas hawk, al jazeera, senegal. >> i will be back in a couple of minutes. a reminder we have on our website awe of the name stories. click, skroel down and find the sport there somewhere. quick click on that one and it is chelsea 1-all.
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