tv Weekend News Al Jazeera October 3, 2015 6:00am-7:01am EDT
>> announcer: this is al jazeera. hello, welcome to the al jazeera newshour. i'm martine dennis, live from our headquarters in doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes - an air strike in the afghan city of kunduz hits a hospital, killing nine staff, and the u.s. may be to blame. president obama days russian air strikes in syria are a recipe for disaster, and calls for a political solution. rescue workers in guatemala
search for the missing after a landslide that kills 30 people. plus... >> i'm catherine wambua-soi in central kenya, where this football field has been turned into a rehabilitation center because of an alcohol problem that has gotten out of hand at least nine people have been killed in an air strike on a hospital run by doctors without borders. it happened in the afghan city of kunduz, where government forces backed by n.a.t.o. have been fighting to retake the city from the taliban. nato says the u.s. may be responsible for the bombing. doctors without borders says it had provided its hospital coordinates to afghan and u.s. forces well in advance. victoria gatenby reports. >> reporter: this is what is left of the doctors without
borders trauma center in kunduz. staff say the hospital was hit several times during a sustained bombing attack. the air strikes started at 2 o'clock in the morning, local time, when most of the hospitals' patients, more than 100 patients, would have been asleep. u.s. forces conducted an air afghan government forces backed by u.s. air strikes and n.a.t.o. special forces have been fighting to regain control of the northern city from taliban fighters. the bombing of the hospital is a reminder of how imprecise air strikes can be. doctors without borders said in a statement:
the loss of kunduz was one of the biggest military victories achieved by taliban fighters since the overthrow of the taliban government in 2001. on thursday the african army said it had retaken the strategic city. the taliban claimed that was not the case, they had withdrawn to other neighbouring provinces because a counterattack. aid workers fear many more civilians will be killed or injured. the doctors without borders is the only specialist trauma center in north-eastern afghanistan. the damage caused by a bombing attack is a blow to people who rely on the free life-saving treatment that the hospital provides we can talk to our correspondent who is in kunduz province. this is increasingly looking like an error with tragic results for the people of
kunduz. >> as we are talking, the brutal fighting is going on in the kunduz city. people of kunduz stuck in between the two sides are calling us, begging us to report about them, telling us there's no more chance that they can survive from heavy bombardment from both sides. shortage of food, water, electricity and other problems are what they are facing. i talked with one person who lived in kunduz city, telling me that he could see his brother, injured brother laying in the street. and the dead body of his cousin, he is not able to remove them from there because both sides are opening fire to any movement in the city. they are telling us that there is not a firm line between the two sides.
you don't know who is there. so the fighting is street to street. >> this is obviously a major test then for the abilities of the afghan security forces who still remain heavily dependent on n.a.t.o. fire power. >> the government security forces - people lost their faith on them. it's six days now that a major city under the control of taliban, and the government cannot retake it. security officials are telling us they have about 7,000 security forces. they are telling us that there's a lack of leadership and cooperation of the afghan security forces. they say that they don't have faith in every side, in taliban for the government forces. the only one that can help them
survive it. >> thank you very much indeed for joining us from kunduz province. three bombs exploded on the outskirts of the nigeria capital abuja. 15 people, at least have been killed. these are the first attacks to occur close to the capital city in over a year. live to our correspondent who is in the scene of one of the blasts, and is just on the outskirts of abuja. . >> yes, exactly, this was one of the first blasts, there were three blasts last night, the first happened at a police station hundreds of meters away interest this location. this is where most of the casualties were recorded. the attack on the police station was targeted. and the bomb went off prematurely, carried by a people suicide bomber. but the bomb went off before she could enter the police station. and a few minutes later, the
bomb at this particular location happened where at least 12 people were killed in this particular location, and then in an area which was a scene, attacks by boko haram, two people were killed there. what was certain about these three blasts is two of the attacks were carried out by female suicide bombers, and this is a market area. it was - it happened in the night. if it was in the daytime, the casualties could be much more higher that what was recorded. according to locals, the market day was thursday. so on friday, that was why the casualties were low, and don't forget also that it is why we have a maximum security prison. this is a place where it was thought that some members are being retained by the security
services in nigeria. nobody has claimed the attacks today or last night. it bears the hallmarks of boko haram. >> you spent time with the nigerian military in the north-east of the country, where they seemed to be making progress against boko haram. how do they fit in to the much proclaimed progress that the military is making in the north-east. well, the military made progress in the fight against book. according to the chief i spoke to a week ago. he said it went to a particular section of the country. they destroyed all the camps. what we are witnessing now is unconventional war, which boko haram are experts in executing. virtually, when i ask the chief
whether he's worried about the incidents or the rising cases of suicide bombs, he said "yes, it's worrying", but they'll do their best, and they hope others will join in and they can deal with the situation. >> thank you for reporting live from outside abuja. more to come in this al jazeera newshour. including top-level talks on libya, rival groups fail to agree on a plan. separatist leaders say that they are withdrawing tanks from some physicians. and we have our first confirmed quarterfinalist of the rugby world cup. robin will have more in the sport, coming up later
russia says it carried out 20 air strikes in syria within the last 24 hours, targetting nine i.s.i.l. continues, including the stronghold, raqqa prove province. hoda abdel-hamid has more. >> translation: russian air strikes occur only after recognisance. on the ground the syrian opposition tell a different story. they have been targetting civilians and armed groups to the government. and the aerial campaign is part of preparations to launch a ground counteroffensive to recapture lost territory. >> air strikes could affect the opposition, but not that much. the syrian government has been
hitting the north. strikes without ground troops will not be successful. now there's information about a land offensive being prepared. >> looking at a map, air strikes concentrated on front-line areas, surrounding the president's heartland. a target was an area captured by opposition forces. it had been one of the last government strongholds. it's not only close, but also an important hub for sending government reinforcements to aleppo. further east, the plains and the hama countryside have been a battle ground. here the government struggled to maintain a grip on a region that leads to the sea. and further south, the northern countryside of homs, a last rebel stronghold between damascus, and the rest of the country. >> the kremlin made it clear, saying the aim of the air strikes is to help the syrian
armed forces in their weak spots. the syrian armed people believe that is what it is doing. there are those that believe the west, including the united states is quietly supporting russia's actions. washington doesn't want to the end the war, and the situation is more complicated. in fact, the west is commuting with russia. what is happening is effort to end the revolution. >> opponents say the government could be given an vaj, and they believe -- an advantage, and they believe it is the objective, to use force for gains, whereby president bashar al-assad could negotiate a settlement from a position of strength president obama has said his country will not be drawn into a proxy war with russia in syria. president obama says moscow's air strikes are only
strengthening i.s.i.l. and driving moderate opposition into hiding. and reiterated that the best way is for the syrian president to step down. >> mr vladimir putin had to go into syria not out of strength, but out of weakness, because his client. mr bashar al-assad, was crumbling and it was insufficient for him simply to send arms and money. now he's got to put in his own planes and his own pilots. and the notion that he put forward a plan and that somehow the international community see it as viable because there's a vacuum there, i didn't see after he made the speech in the united nations, the 60 nation coalition that we have, lining up behind him. iran and bashar al-assad make up vladimir putin's coalition at
the moment. the rest of the world make ours. the top-line message i want everyone to understand is we are going to continue to go after i.s.i.l., we are going to continue to reach out to a moderate opposition. we rejected russia's theory that everybody opposed to bashar al-assad is a terrorist. we think it's self-defeating. it will be used as a further recruitment tool for foreign fighters. high level talks at the u.n. failed to come up with a peace plan. the two rival governments didn't agree to a deal drawn up by the u.n. and other member states. kristen saloomey has more with deadline after deadline come and gone, the united nations hoped that this would be a moment representatives of libya's two rival governments to
come together as one. the u.s. secretary of state came to push the case. >> but each party has to life up to the responsibility of this critical moment, and that means reaching agreement on the names of new leaders not tomorrow, not next week, but now. even while libyan delegates are here in new york, this could happen. we hope that the process can be complete within a small number of days. >> john kerry said the time to negotiate was over. members of the tripoli-based national congress tell al jazeera they are not happy with the deal on the table. >> it is only to say that it is final. this is what they say to the community. that we will support, come to help. at the end of the day, it's for the libyans to decide if an agreement is final. >> he says the g.n.c. want sharia law enshrined in the deal, which tobruk has not
formally enjoyed. >> it's the parliament. the parliament is ready to sign it. >> political instability and armed conflict is taking a control on the people of libya, with half the population in need of human tary assistance. it becomes a save hasten for -- safe haven for i.s.i.l., making it a concern for libya and the entire region the bodies of more than 100 iranian pilgrims killed in saudi arabia in the hajj stampede arrived home. the president and other senior politicians attended a repatriation ceremony at the airport in tehran, iran appears to have lost a large number of pilgrims believed dead. >> tehran blamed saudi arabia's
mismanagement for the disaster. 769 people were killed in the stampede near mecca. >> pro-russian rebels in eastern ukraine said they started to withdraw tanks from the line of contact with government troops, the move coming a day after peace talks in paris. >> it was the latest attempt from lead tors try to end the conflict. tank withdrawal is in line with the minsk agreement, reached in february. we can speak to michael, a spokesman for the o.s.c. special monitoring mission in ukraine, and he joins us from kiev. thank you for talking to us. have you verified the withdrawal of these tanks? >> well, thank you for having us. the oes special monitoring commission. our role is to monitor and verify withdrawal of weaponry, including tanks. it's too early to say now.
however, with 550 monitors in ukraine, two-thirds of which are in the conflict zone, we are well positioned to monitor the process. we have unmanned air vehicles in the air as well, or drones looking down on the situation. but i must say that we are now actually into week 4 of a relative calm that we have not seen. the worst we have seen in terms of ceasefire violations have been small arms fire. most called training ranges. that, indeed, is good news, and in a conflict that lasted so many months. >> indeed, months of calm provided a bit of optimism. what about the discovery of the rocket system, the multiple rocket launcher. how worrying is that? >> our chief monitor has
concerns about heavy weaponry. it raises the possibility of heavy weaponry. uav and monitors on the ground potted many battle tanks. the system was scene and observed. it is a destructive weapon, fires indiscriminately and can cause widespread harm. that is why we have 2-3 days, the chief monitor voiced his desire that all sides devote their full commitment to this process. why? with over 8,000 deaths, 18,000 injured, master of destruction, it's taken a big toll. >> this, overall, is a process that is supposed to last for
41 days. how is it going to mark every stage of the way. at the moment there is a commitment to withdrawing light weaponry and later to heavy weaponry. >> yes, well, we are well positioned to monitor, again, with several hundred monitors, from more than 40 participating states on the ground, and well over a year and a half. we know the lay of the land, and are expanding our presence in eastern ukraine to be closer to the contact. let's be clear, our job will be to monitor the process and then to report daily to the participating states. but, you know, again, it's very important to align that. it will take a lot of political will for this to happen. finally peace will come to eastern ukraine. the other threat remaining was the presence of unexploded
ordinance, mines, trip wires. as the calm continues, more and more are coming back into the conflict zone. especially a threat to ordinance. >> thank you for that. michael of the o.s.c.e., reporting here at al jazeera, on what looks like a good start to the process. thank you very much. >> germany is marking 25 years of reninification for celebrations across the country. it takes center stage, with a special service attended by angela merkel and the president. germany united in 1990 less than a year, following the fall of the berlin wall. >> the number of deaths rose to
at least 30. as many as 600 were missing in the town. and that is south-east of the capital. david mercer has more. >> what has been said by the disaster management center here, they have talked about the municipal authorities as far back as 2008. they have told the municipal authorities that this neighbour mood in this town was in a high risk town at the bottom of a steep regime. they have been telling the municipality that it shouldn't allow people to build in the area, they have gone to the neighbours, and warned them they were living in ha risk zone. now there are hundreds of thousands of people in the municipality or around the municipality of guatemala city, living in similar areas. now, as i say, the real focus is not on blaming anyone, but on trying to pull people, trying to
pull survivors from the light. and there's a big effort made right now to provide emergency relief food and blankets further north in the u.s. hurricane joaquin brought with it heavy rainfall and brought flash floods in carolinas and delaware. many parts of the east coast are waterlogged. many say there are more rains and high winds. there are flood warnings for six states. >> robby is here now, and the 22nd tropical cyclone is headed for south-west china. >> it's a continuous season. it's a very active season as you know. coming to an end, these are further away. >> this started as a massive thunderstorm, over the philippines, the normal birthplace of typhoons. and then it turned into a storm less than 24 hours ago.
certainly is a huge circulation, and left a lot of rain on the western side of the area, not far from the capital. actually, 250 or thereabouts in the last two days, and as the rains moved away it fell elsewhere. the first signs. only 63mm in the last 24 hours. >> now, it's a massive cloud, but it's a big one. it doesn't quite make category 1 on the scale. it's close to it. it might become that. now it has open water again. winds are about 110 k/hr. and the course should take people across to the north, and skirting down. so staying in china, spreading its rein through vietnam as well. the affects are likely to be anything up to 300mm of rain. storm surge, not a big thing, less than a meter. nevertheless the chinese put the alert up to orange.
for the next two days, a huge mass of rain. winds are not the problem for south-west china and vietnam in australia, the fatal shooting of police employees is treated as an act of terrorism. the 15-year-old gunned down a civilian worker outside a police station in sydney. the boy, of iraqi-kurdish dissent shot dead later by police. prime minister malcolm turnbull called for unity. >> it is a shocking crime. it was a cold-blooded murder. targetting the new south wales police service. it was doubly shocking because it was perpetrated by a 15-year-old boy. and it underlines the importance of families, communities, leaders being very aware of whether young people are becoming radicalized. it is also important that - to
remember that the australian muslim community will be especially appalled and shocked by this more details are emerging of nine lives cut short by thursday's shooting in a community college in the u.s. state of oregon. the victims ranged in age from 18, the eldest being a teacher. the six runs used by chris harper mercer, and others in his home were bought legally. the killings are the latest in a series of mass shootings across the country as alan fisher reports from roseburg. >> reporter: the president says mass shootings are becoming routine, this was a day like no other. the flags fly at half staff. the event cancelled. after the horror, pain and questions. sara was in the room next door when the shooting started. >> i feel numb, honestly. a mix of exhaustion, and it's like denial.
this really acutally happened. >> the shooter has been named as chris harper mercer. at the scene we find six guns, plenty of ammunition, and a hate-filled note. the local sheriff refuses to hear the name. >> i continue to believe media that publicise his name will glorify his horrific actions. >> police are going through the 26-year-old's social media history, online posts and apartment and want to know what drove him to violence. it brought calls from the president down for a look at gun law us. >> this will not change until politics changes, and politics of officials changes. so the main thing i'm going to do is talk about this. on a regular basis. and i will politicize it. >> it now joins tuscon, sandy hook and others where mass shootings took place, and were left scarred
of the main stories. nine people have been killed in an air strikes on a hospital run by an aid agency in the african city of kunduz. the navy may be responsible. doctors without borders said it provided the hospital coordinates to coalition forces in advance. three bombs have exploded on the outskirts of the the nigerian capital. 15 people have been killed. these are the first attacks to hit the city. russia pounds i.s.i.l. positions in the main stronghold. it's the fourth day of air raids. u.s. president obama says russia's military action is a recipe for disaster. >> now, one of columbia's warlords has been killed in a military raid. the year-long man hunt for victor navaro ended after six attempts to capture him.
he was on the u.s. treasury's king pin list and had a $5 million bounty on his head and long dominated this historic region on the border with venezuela. we have more from the columbian capital bogota. >> this was the biggest blow against this group. the president of columbia confirmed the death of victor navarro in an operation that end under way early on friday in the nearby region of catatomba. this is a lawless region near the border where is lot of the crops are grown. they were known more being a ruthless drug king pin.
against his enemy, and planting land mines to protect the crops. the military was after him for months, and he escaped another operation against him back in august when he was also injured. he was known for his obsession, for gold weapon and young underage women, which he would brand with his face on the arms and legs. this is definitely a major victory for the columbian government and the military. and sends a message to any eventual f.a.r.c. leader who might be thinking to continue operations in drug trafficking when a peace deal is reached. >> the brazilian supreme court ruled that place can question the former president silva as a witness in the petro bass corruption case. it involves a number of top politicians accused of taking bribes.
the current president reshuffled her cabinet and announced spending cuts. the move amid efforts to impeach her, and shore up support for economic reforms. >> voters in kurdistan are heading to the polls to elect a parliament. it's a big text, five years after a revolution removed a government. kyrgyzstan introduced proportional representation to ensure a fairer distribution of powers. 14 groups are vying for power. the ruling party, the stpk is predicted to do well up against a socialist leaning party, and a party members of a shaky coalition government. >> corruption is the number one issue for voters, according to polls. followed by unemployment and driving energy prices.
robert walker reports. >> reporter: when it comes to central asian democracy, this is as good as it gets. with 14 political parties contest, it's been a vibrant campaign in kurdistan. for such a floural society, the campaign has been short on messages of tolerance and diversity. harass. of minorities, like gays and lesbians. patriotic movements force their way into a private home, intimidating those inside. the same groups backing a law enjoying cross party support. >> i meet a candidate that tells me there is no space for gay people. it is a major problem. some claim that they had homosexuality throughout the history. >> we had no concept of
homosexuality. >> this support group for sexual minorities had its own offices attacked. but is willing to speak out. >> look at the platforms, none are talking about minorities, none are talking about nondiscrimination principles. >> ethnic minorities have been vulnerable or voiceless. the governing social democrats say they supportiversity. >> there should be no discrimination against people. regardless of their religion, the law requires safety and suddenly my opinion. this is what the law says, we should treat people equally. >> ultimately concern for the struggling economy may be foremost on minds. the biggest issue is problems facing the country, corruption and unemployment. as many as a million citizens, a
fifth of the population will be in search of work. all the political parties are promising they can fix the problems. >> whoever wins the vote will have to deliver on the promises. or risk marginalizing more than minorities. okay, we can talk to hugh williamson, director of the european central asian division of human rights watch. and is joining us via skype from berlin. thank you for talking to us. kyrgyzstan appears to be a democracy. >> thank you for having me. we hope et elections tomorrow will go off peacefully and they'll be declared free and
fair by the election observers on the ground. on the other hand degreeize -- degreeize stan -- degreeize tan needs to deal with discrimination against gay people, as your report highlighted. and against ethnic minorities, like the uzbek community. >> many will remember the conflict that beset kurdistan five -- degreeize tan directed against the uzbek community. >> exactly. there's a lot of unfinished business from that unrest which killed many, many people. there were problems with fair trial standards. many of the court cases involved abuses in court. they were still prisoners behind bars who had been tortured
according to credible information. this is one of those high profile cases, and the new parliament should put pressure on the government to reopen the case, it's an example of unfinished business na needs to be addressed. >> 14 parties taking part in this election could be rather confusing, couldn't it. obviously it's pluralistic as robin said in his report, offering a lot of choice. it's confusing for the voter. >> it probably is. but the parties, when elected, when the m.p.s are elected. they need to settle on goals, and they include rejecting in parliament the propaganda laws, the laws against lesbian and gay rights in the country, laws that will restrict the vibrant civil society that exists in the country, there's proposals to
labour foreign agents. foreign funding. it's a bad idea. there must be common standards that the new parties need to meet. socialists are important. problems with domestic violence. they need to be addressed as well. >> white a few weighty issues. thank you very much. good to hear your thoughts. thank you. >> thank you for having me. bye-bye now, this week al jazeera has been speaking to people across turkey to find out how they'll vote in november's election in june. the ruling a.k. party lost its majority in parliament, and in talks with the opposition, they failed to produces a coalition. bernard smith has been to a market to find out if teaming up with the secular thp party is a viable option? >> in turkey monuments to the country's founding father are everywhere. the secular left-leaning
political party has never really managed to take full advantage of his popularity. towns across the south, like milas are strongholds of the republican people's party, which goes back to the turkish acronym, the c.h.p. supporters know that party is accused of behaving as if it is entitled to power the c.h.p. vote is constant. i don't think they'll get more than 30%. it needs to become a party of the people. >> in june's election, the c.h.p. failed to capitalize on dissatisfaction with the ruling a.k. party. they secured 25% of the vote, about the same as in 2011. some supporters are frustrated there'll be another poll. >> no party, no leaders, including the air support came toll ask if i'm hungry or not. whether i have money. our taxes are paying for the
elections, they are a burden for all of us. >> reporter: the latest poll suggests a result similar to jin, and the a.k. party falling short of a majority in parliament. >> a coalition between the ak p&c hp is impossible. imagine a communist party and a nationalist party forming a government. the c.h.p. was talking about democracy, kurdish rights, lifting immunity from criminal prosecution. the akp is against this. after the june election, most supporter were opposed to the idea of a coalition with the a.k. party. if the scenario appears against the leadership faces the challenge of persuading supporters that sharing power is sa work i believe solution now, a japanese national has been shot dead in bangladesh, in a second attack on a foreign national this week. he was killed in rank pore
district, 300km north of dakar. on monday an italian aid worker was gunned down in the capital. a group affiliated to i.s.i.l. claimed responsibility for that killing. the government says there's no evidence to support that. >> a peaceful march in mexico to commemorate the 47th anniversary of a student massacre was disrupted when a group fought with police. thousands gathered in memory of the 1968 short-lived movement where soldiers opened fire on unarmed students, demonstrating in the plaza. the government acknowledged that 20 people were killed, but rights groups insist hundreds died. friday's rally raised attention to the disappearance of 43 students last year. >> now, activists in malaysia warn na political turmoil is threatening to ignite racial tensions mean malays and ethnic
minorities. pro and anti-government supporters are increasingly divided along racial lines. we have this report from kuala lumpur. >> after five years together, sheryl and her partner married last month. their relationship has challenges. one is a mallet muslim, and cheryl a chinese christian. her parents were worried about the ethnic differences. the the couple were determined. >> i realized that we shared the same values and principles. so what is right, what is wrong, you know, and what is ethical, unethic call. that is more important than, you know, is he mallet, chinese. >> malaysia has been a melting pot of cultures. while about 60% of the population is muslim mala, there
are large chinese communities, despite decades of multiculturalism, experts are worried about friction. >> it was built over the last 58 years, it has been fractured. >> it has been fractured. and my concern is the next generation. >> some analysts accuse government leaders of fuelling ethnic tensions to divert attention from their falling popularity. >> the prime minister denies embezzling 500 million from a state investment fund. >> as conditions with the economy deteriorates, we have politicians that speak to their own community, to get them to believe something about another group, and shore up support for the ethnic party. >> at a recent pro-government
really supported by members of the ruling party witnesses reported racial slurs chanted. in another incident police used water canon to disperse protesters trying to enter a chinese business district, but the government denies racial tensions. >> while officials did not respond to our request for an interview, the deputy prime minister told local media that there was no racism in malaysia, but the recent protests have some people worried. >> sheryl and her partner say for their generation ethnic identity is less important. and they wish political leaders would catch up robin will be here in a couple of minutes with all the latest sports news, and as we analyse the call for major sponsors, for sepp blatter to step down as f.i.f.a. president.
kenya's government begun a nationwide campaign against what it calls the country's drinking problem. now, dozens of people die every year from consuming illegal home-made concoctions. catherine wambua-soi has more on a unique initiative to tackle the problem. >> this is not an ordinary group therapy session. the men and women are getting free treatment and counselling to help with a drinking problem. a number of people suffered
violent symptoms when illegal alcohol dens were shut in july. some fields have been turned into temporary rehabilitation camps. daniel was a policeman for 14 year. he lost his job. his wife and children left two years ago. >> it is so hard for me to stop drinking alcohol because i have to drink, i have to drink for me to survive. to do anything, i had to drink. >> here they reflect, eat well and support each other. build their confidence. volunteer counsellors, medics and teachers run the camp set up bit federal government. there are about 1,000 recovering alcoholics, hundreds are registering to get help. most are not employed. the concern is what happens when they leave this place. >> so we are working to make
sure they are strong enough. strong enough to prevent relapse. i know that you cannot prevent habit. and there are those that fall back. but we are looking forward and if we manage to save 100, that's a good number. after three months in rehab, we go back to the village center. where cheap alcohol is easy to get. roughly 40,000 have a problem. many after drinking home made brew laced with poisonous ingredient. this man became blind after drinking bad alcohol. his son is an alcoholic. on this day his nephews came to visit. they were drunk. he says he tries to tell them to stop, but they will not listen. >> alcohol destroyed my life. i could not do anything, i couldn't even educate my children.
it's sad to see people drinking so much, because they never help themselves. >> back at the camp, these people know too well how hard it would be to adjust to life when they return to the villages. at this will moment they just want to stay sober and positive now, i know this is the time you have been waiting for, here is robin, and the sports news. >> hello. in the coming hours teams will continue a pursuit of a place in the knockout stages of the rugby world cup, we have a first confirmed quarterfinalist. there they are. champions new zealand into the last eight. the all blacks looking to win this competition for a third time. they thrashed georgia 43-10. >> but would you say the game was great. i wouldn't say the game was great. doesn't have to be at the moment, if you can understand that. don't get gold medals for
winning these games, you get to qualify. we did that tonight. we are in a position where we can say we are in the quarterfinals, which is exciting. >> the group of death is the main focus on saturday. it's make or break to england facing the real possibility of being knocked out at the group stages. former world champions australia end englands run. later at twickenham, the wallabies unbaden, having won the opening two matches. if the aussies lose, they could advance to the next round. >> for me, as the coach, it's something i want to give the team. for someone that never played for australia, how much that means, and how every moment you cherish, because you are pressed to play in it and so fortunate. every game should be like it's the last in the jersey, that's the way we want to build the atmosphere in the australian team, so supporters can see it when they watch a game or come
themselves, they can see it from the team. >> a total of three former world champions in action on saturday. 2007 winners. south africa takes on their opponents. interestingly, scotland have two former boxers in their team. they were part of an sa training squad in 2012. they are scotland nationals. they followed up the opening loss to japan with a victory over samoa. >> we haven't achieved anything yet. we are in the same position as the week before. we need to grind it out, and this is our next step. hopefully, towards that world cup japan could enter, and the two sides play each other later.
japan made five changes for the game. >> f.i.f.a. president said the defying calls from sponsors to step down, mcdonald's, coca-cola, visa and budweiser. calling for the president to resign, a week after the 79-year-old was placed under criminal investigation by swiss authorities, on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of funds. sepp blatter denies wrongdoing. alan has been telling al jazeera if the sponsors were to walk away from f.i.f.a., others would be ready to replace them. >> this is an opportune time. they are not risking much calling for sepp blatter to step down. f.i.f.a. is in trouble. they are not risking a lot by asking for substantive change. >> the corporate sponsorship is expensive and beneficial.
they get to put their names attached to a single lucrative sporting event in the history of the world. if someone were to walk away. let's say coca-cola and budweiser, deciding to disconnect from f.i.f.a., i would expect pepsi, say, or some other soda and bear company to step in and say, you know what, we know f.i.f.a. has serious problems, but this is worth too much money to us that we are not going to turn it down and they'll sponsor f.i.f.a. the problem is deeper than sepp blatter, and deeper than f.i.f.a. alone, it goes to the regional federation. if sepp blatter were to resign and walk away there would be a dog fight for power at the top echelons of f.i.f.a. whoever resumes control over the next 3-6 months would have control over the presidential election process. it's an enormous amount of power to be given for an ad hoc and
unprecedented in progress. >> team manager jose mourinho says he is suffering the worst period of his career, the premier league champions winning four out of 11 matches in all competition, the latest against porto on tuesday. later on saturday, they'll host southampton. they have not won at stamford bridge in 13 years. >> it's not like that one year they have really the best team, and the next year it's not like that. everybody is - can have a difficult start of the seen, and maybe defensively maybe they lost a little bit. if you watch the - what they get in against them. and then that's a big difference than last year. maybe they expect they lost a little bit. still they are very strong.
>> seven matches in total on saturday. in englands top flight. manchester lost the last two league games. host newcastle, west ham behind. sitting third. sunderland - would you believe hammers have the best away record this season. >> if we start to think a little bit for a couple of seconds, without liverpool or man city, it would be easier in sundayerland, we better stop that, you know. before we start. but i am confident, yes, we are barcelona play the first spanish league match since lionel messi was ruled out for up to two months with a knee injury. he'll be without number of --
nestor. last week's winners have an inform luis suarez scoring three times in the last two games. >> he's been very good for us since he arrived at barcelona. even when statistics suggested the opposite. he's a vital and key player for us. not only because of what he adds when it comes to football, but his character and attitude during tough situations. >> the los angeles angels denied the texas rangers clinching a title. they secured a 2-1 victory for the angels. californians in contention for a wildcard spot. that's all for sport. thank you for watching. more later. >> thank you robin. stay with us here at al jazeera. i have a full bulletin of news in a minute or two, where we can find out what is going on in
an air strike in the african did i of kunduz hits a -- city of kunduz hits a hospital killing nine staff. and the u.s. may be to blame hello, i'm mart in dennis, you are with al jazeera live from doha. also to come on the programme - multiple bomb blasts rock abuja, the first attack on the capital for over a year separatists withdrawing tanks from some positions