tv Weekend News Al Jazeera October 4, 2015 11:00am-12:01pm EDT
>> hello, welcome to the news hour live from doha. our top stories, the taliban take back large parts of kunduz in afghanistan as a humanitarian crisis unfolds. russia unleashes airstrikes. in syria for a fifth day. the entire region is at stake. >> call miners in south africa go on strike. >> all the sport, including the end of the world for england as
they crash out of their own world cup. we'll hear from the england coach later in the program. >> first to afghanistan, where the taliban is reported to have retaken most of the city of kunduz from government forces backed by the u.s. air power which have been trying to take control of the city since monday. just a few hours ago, they said they made gains, but those appear to have been short lived. let's go straight south of kunduz city. tell us what you are hearing about who is in control right now of kunduz city. >> the situation is so fragile, no one knows who controls where, but afghan security forces and residents are confirming throughout this morning afghan government advanced and took
control of most part of the center of kunduz city, but lost some area, now it's under control of tall bob. afghan security officials are telling us the reason they are so slow, because taliban are hiding in the residential area and trying to avoid civilian casualties, so they needing to door to door and search every house to make sure taliban are not there. afghan security officials and officers are cam plank about lack of leadership, lack of coordination among afghan forces there. residents of kunduz city that are still stuck there are saying they complain about use of artillery from both sides, by taliban and afghan security forces, heavy bombardment, a lack of food, no water, no electricity. >> so the residents are caught
in the middle of this fighting. has there been any help for them? is there aid going in the city? >> not to the residents that are stuck there, but there are some good news. at least the hospital of kunduz city, the main provincial hospital, this morning, we were reporting only three nurses and one doctor were taken care of over .500 injured people in the hospital. now we are getting reports in the last hour that a group of doctor with medicine, with food just arrived in the hospital, provincial hospital of kunduz, but normal people who are stuck there, it's hard for afghan security forces to reach to them, to give them food or any other help. >> thank you very much indeed for that update. reporting live from kunduz province. >> meanwhile, doctors without borders has withdrawn from the
afghan city of kunduz after 13 of its staff and 10 patients were killed in an air strike on saturday, something the u.n. describes as a possible war crime. the united states is blamed for the strike on the hospital which was hit repeatedly for over an air. the staff called u.s. and afghan officials while the attack was happening and they say they have precise g.p.s. coordinates. earlier, i spoke to bart jansen, the director of the operation doctors without borders and ask the him for any clearer explanation to why the hospital was bombed. >> absolutely not. first of all, unfortunately, we have a new jump date of the total, we now have 23 people that have died, 13 of our staff and then patients. no, we still have no explanation why this attack happened, a very
precise attack on our hospital, very well known, very well marked, and clearly without any taliban-sighted presence in that hospital. >> you gave the coordinates of the hospital to the afghan and u.s. forces, is that correct? >> yes. yes, this is what we do in many conflicts, specifically where air force artillery is involved, so to really avoid attacks on our hospitals. here we have repeatedly given this information to the afghan and the international coalition forces so they knew exactly where the hospital was situated. >> ok. you deny what the afghan interior ministry has said, that there may have been taliban fighters inside the hospital. who was being treated at this hospital? were they civilians being treated there or were there fighters? >> there are all kinds of patients. this hospital works under our
own principles and the principles of humanitarian law. everybody who was wounded has access to that hospital, and so we do not ask questions upon entry. there are only a few conditions, that there are no weapons allowed in this hospital and only people that need to be there for medical care or immediate support for patients are allowed in this hospital. >> there may have been taliban fighters then inside the hospital? >> this is definitely possible, yes. this hospital is open for wounded and that are in the area of kunduz. >> one last question for you. you suspended operations now in kunduz. there is a dire humanitarian situation unfolding there. how do you expect this to affect conditions on the ground?
civilians are currently suffering a lot. >> absolutely. we have left the hospital at the moment. there are more than 100 patients hospital, right? now the entire building and all the equipment is completely destroyed and we have taken out as much as possible all our team to bring them into safety, so for the moment, for the patients that were under care, and all new wounded in the area of kunduz, the situation is absolutely dramatic, of course by this horrific attack. this is clearly -- this looks like a warfare. >> the u.n. called for a swift, full and transparent investigation into the incident. the u.n. high commissioner for human rights said this event is utterly tragic, inexcusable and possibly even criminal. international and afghan military planners have an obligation to respect and protect civilians at all times and medical facilities and personal necessarily are the object of a special protection. they said these obligations are
no matter whose air forces are involved and irrespective of the location. let's bring in from washington, d.c., john, what are we hearing from the u.s., how is this investigation going to be happening exactly? >> yesterday, we heard from the u.s. that investigation was launched, that it would be headed by a one star general. today, we're learning that nato is conducts its own investigation, and i should say this directly contradicts what m.s. says, saying the insurgents were firing on the u.s. service members as they were advising and assisting afghan security forces in kunduz. according to the nato story, according to the u.s. story, there were taliban fighters there directly firing on u.s. and afghan forces at the time. the initial investigation, the nato investigation should take place in a couple of days, they say, so it should be days before
we hear the initial report. however, the pentagon investigation, those tend to take weeks, sometimes months, so it will be a long time before we hear that one most likely. nato is conducting its own investigation. i think that will understand the urgency and public response is very important. they're going to get out some initial assessment in days exactly what happened here. they make it clear they believe that there were taliban fighters actively firing on u.s. and afghan forces at the time of the attack. >> john, thank you very much. we are hearing now that doctors without borders wants an international body to investigate the incident in kunduz city. >> that's move on to other world he news now. russia has conducted airstrikes in syria for a fifth successive day. the issues st. louis for the study of war has been tracking the targets and said most have not been against isil. this is the region the syrian government still controls.
the opposition, syrian groups which include al-nusra and kurdish fighters hold sway in these areas while isil controls territory in the northeast and central corridor. the i.s.w. has identified 12 locations where it says with a high degree of confidence russia dropped bombs. of the 12 russian airstrikes, the 10 hit opposition targets, but just two hit isil territory. >> the syrian president, bashar al assad, has welcomed support from russia, as well as iran and iraq. >> it must be a success, otherwise the entire region will be ruined, not one or two states, the entire region. we are certain it will be a success. the coalition countries have come together in terms of intelligence, security and military forces, therefore they will achieve tangible results
from the ground, especially that the coalition has gained international support even by countries that have no direct role in the crisis in the region. >> let's talk to the former commander of u.s. central command live from washington, d.c. thank you for your time. the u.s. led coalition against isil has conducted 7,000 airstrikes in iraq and syria against isil, with very limited impact on the group. can the russians do any better in your opinion? >> no, i don't expect they are going to do much better, but the problem with the introduction of russian forces now is that they are clearly there to back up assad and to keep him in power, and it's pretty obvious from the majority of the strikes they've conducted that they are designing their efforts to beat back the opposition to assad, so it's rather unfortunate, and of course, introduces other problems of potential conflicts with other forces in the area, but there's little doubt in my mind that this is here to prop
up assad. >> the fundamental difference between the russian and u.s. air campaign being that the russians have a clear strategic goal than the americans and that may be the problem in this war, isn't it? >> no, i don't think there's u.s. strategic objectives are very clear. the challenge is how to do it. in my experience, the airstrikes are useful in keeping isil or isis at bay, but in fact, if they are going to be cleaned out, they're going to have to be attacked on the ground. that's what the goal certainly in iraq is to get the iraqi's moving. in syria, it's going to be more difficult. >> it is more as i have in syria. the u.s., we don't know who they are backing in syria. >> well, i think the u.s. has an idea of some of the people they're backing, but as you know, there are lots of players there. first things first, in my opinion, given the situation on the ground, the whole area that we need to be moving or trying to get the iraqis to take back
their territory and then syria after that. >> president obama has said he doesn't want syria, he doesn't want to turn it into a proxy war between russia and the united states. we've heard words of condemnation and protest and so on. beyond that, is he going to be doing anything at all if this russian air campaign continues for three or four months? >> well, it's difficult to say. i don't think we're going to take on the russians directly. that's not the objective. the objective is to try to get some kind of long term stability in this country, and assad that demonstrated through listen actions in the last many years that he's not likely to be the person to do that, so it's very unfortunate the russians have the chosen to reinsert their influence in supporting him and the murderous deeds that he has done. >> what would be the red line for the u.s.? i mean, what would make them take another step, if you will,
in this conflict, perhaps russian ground troops or even iranian ground troops, when would that constitute a red line for the americans? >> i'm not a big fan of red lines, because that's just too hypothetical to start with, and then everybody has their own opinion of when the lines are crossed, but it seems to me that u.s. strategy is to try to push back on isil. again, as i said earlier, i think the logical place to begin that is interact, using primarily iraqi troops with u.s. sport. in syria, if you can get them pushed back in iraq, we can see what happens next in syria. for now, it appears to me, it's pretty much just a holding action to keep size as i will from gaining anymore territory. >> thank you for your time, admiral, former commander of u.s. central command live from d.c. >> still ahead, as the word banks raises the so-called poverty line, we're in india
slums where many people can't afford to eat. plus: >> the media focus may have shifted, you may have thought this was all over. far from it. i'm on the macedonia-serbia border. >> it's derby day across europe, some of the biggest rivals go head-to-head. >> first, at least 86 people are dead and hundreds more missing after a massive land slide covered much of a town in guatemala. rescuers are still looking for survivors, but hope of finding anyone live is fading. >> it's guatemala's worst natural disaster in years. part of this mountainside collapsed late thursday, burying 125 homes under one million cubic meters of earth.
rescue workers and volunteers race against time, shoveling through mountains of dirt in the search for survivors. today, all they found were lifeless bodies, a hard reality for many here. >> six of my family members are missing, my parents and four siblings. i haven't been able to rest and i won't be able to until i see them again, but asking to see them alive is a lot. they are buried under 15 meters of dirt. >> the landslide hit around 9:30 at night, when many people were at home. it followed days of near constant rain. those who could ran out of their homes when they heard the hillside crashing down, but many didn't escape. >> my neighbor's house was here, along this edge. when it was hit, everything was pushed back two meters. they are digging here, but they haven't found any survivors. >> heavy machinery was brought in by the army and more than
1,600 rescuers have joined the search, motivated by signs of survivors. >> every 20 or 30 minutes, you can hear a whistle blow and everybody stops working. that means that somebody thinks they've heard a voice coming from underneath all this tons of mud and rock. with this layered up 45 meters on top of the houses, many here say they are running out of hope. >> rescue workers have no plans to stop the search, but the moment the rain falls again, they could suspend the operation. >> we can see that the hill opposite the slide also runs the risk of a landslide. on the side that already collapsed, there's a fracture that could bring down more earth. >> some say this was a disaster foretold. in 2008, authorities warned local politicians that this ravine was a risk zone, and that no one should be living here. >> david joins us now via skype
from guatemala. the operation is now entering its third day. just how difficult has it been? >> that's right, they started work today, third day. this is the critical time, 72 hours at the end of the day will have passed and they say it's very unlikely that they will find any survivors after 72 hours, so there's really a lot of pressure on rescue workers to find as many -- well to do as much digging as they possibly can today. as you can see in that report, the amount of earth that's on top of these houses is just enormous and you have to bear in mind, as well, that the people that were living in this very narrow valley, they're of course the most vulnerable members of society generally speaking who live in these radio veins, so houses were made out of tin, cardboard and wood, and so not a lot of support to withstain
thousands of tons of material on top of them. they have their work cut out for them. the conditions now, you can see behind me here, it's sunny. this is good news fortress skewers, because the minute the rain hits, they have to evaluate whether to continue or not. for now, they've got good conditions, they're keeping volunteers out today of the area, they're keeping family members out and they're really trying to concentrate on getting down to as many of those houses they can, using, really focusing on using the heavy machinery. >> david, thank you very much indeed for that, david mercer live for us in guatemala. >> on to africa, at least eight killed in shootings between police and protestors in the capital of burundi. >> most of the dead are reported to have been civilians. some were found with their hands tied behind their backs. >> in niger, 10 have been killed in the town where two suicide
bombers blew themselves up after stopped by soldiers. another detonated his vest close to an army base. children are among the dead. it is part of a regional coalition tasked with destroying boko haram. >> now to south africa, 30,000 coal miners are due to go on strike this hour. negotiations broke down between the union and coal industry on thursday. we are joined live from johannesburg. are the miners' demands unreasonable? >> the miners certainly don't think so and the national union of mine workers have said they're unwilling to budge this time around. what the mine workers and the union are looking for is about a 14% wage hike from employers, where the lowest paid workers in the industry. at this point, they earn as little as $400 a month. they're looking for wage hike of
about $80. the mohame employers are unwillo go up, their offer various because of a number of issues. they say commodities are up, price have dropped in the last several months. of course, because of a slowdown in china. also they're facing higher power, as well as labor costs here in south africa. they are willing to budge, the unions of course are saying that their workers deserve higher pay. this is of course an industry that's already been characterized by a lot of annual takes in the last few years, as workers have seen little change with regard to their conditions in recent years. they say going forward, they are in it for the duration. the strike begins in the next hour or so and they want to see that change come from employers. >> how much of a concern is a strike for south africa and the
south african economy? >> it is a concern for the power supplier, the electricity provider. the economy is driven by power generated from coal. they only have months left of a coal supply. they are trying to think of alternatives, especially if the strike goes on beyond that. they are talking about possibly transporting coal directly from the mines to the power plant. it is a large concern, especially because south africa so you its economy contract in the second quarter of this year. south africa's already challenged by massive power cuts and they are worried if the strike goes on that beyond a month, the country can see an increase in those power consults and impact the economy negatively. >> reporting live from johannesburg, thank you very much indeed. >> the world banks is to recognize the so-called poverty line from $1.25 to $1.90. it's a way of measuring how many people around the world are living in extreme poverty.
800 million people are already said to be living below the poverty lane. this latest change means an additional 148 million people will now be cast aside as extremely poor. the united nation aims to eradicate global poverty within the next 15 years. we have been to new delhi to see how people live when they are below the poverty line. >> cramped together, stacked haphazardly, this is what many of india's urban poor call home. the family struggles every day just to eat. she said corruption and bureaucracy means her family doesn't get the benefits they are entitled to. >> these are my kids and they live like this. today there's bread, maybe tomorrow there's not. if we don't have work, where will the money come from? >> with little outside help, this daily struggle has become a way of life for most people
here. this situation for the poor is common in many parts of the country, in both rural and urban areas. even if the poor here met the world bank's new poverty line measure of $1.90 a day, many say it won't be enough to live on. even earning less than $2 a day is tough. her husband is well aware of his family's plight, but says there's not much he can do about it. >> i don't have work, so obviously we are poor. we are just managing to survive. somehow, i manage to get work to feed my children. i'm not trained or educated to go and get a proper job, all i can do is manual labor. >> these are common complaints, but it's made worse, according to those who work with the poor, by some basic services being privatized, driving up costs even further. >> you have the poor having to
services, be it in education, hospitals or water, that is why even if people get $2 a day, they are still poor, because you can't access basic services, you can't get decent jobs. >> experts say india's rapid economic growth is another reason why artificial poverty lines don't reflect realities on the ground, where people are just trying to survive. al jazeera, new delhi. >> joining us is the author of a book called "people's history of poverty in america," also a elects you arer in the university of new hampshire. he joins us from manchester in new hampshire. what do you make of this decision by the word bank and why readjust the so-called poverty line? >> well, i think, i mean, i think we need to be pretty cautious about saying anything with too much certainty about our ability to measure global poverty, period. good data on such things are incredibly hard to acquire and
almost impossible to get useful data in some places. i think that means all absolute poverty measures are flawed and at best these are approximations at best. they are altering the line we use to mark poverty and people with incomes below are qualified as poor, those above not poor. that is an arbitrary standard. reasonable people will disagree about where that line ought to be made and what it doesn't do is capture those people and we maybe talking tens of millions, hundreds of millions of people who have incomes just above that threshold who are not captured in that official data, so may be giving us a very distorted sense about the scale and scope of the problem. >> arbitrary, you say, but what does a readjustment mean for the millions of people living on the brink of poverty like the people
in india. >> that's entirely unclear. as a practical matter, it doesn't mean a thing, meaning the calculations used by nations and institutions with power to count how many people they think of as in need is different. whether that translates into new kind of political pressure or whether that then turns into policy remains to be seen. that's very much an open question, whether this matters. >> how is this going to impact, do you think, this goal of eradicating poverty within the next 15 years, and do you think there's a political will today to achieve this goal? >> you know, i mean, i think that's an even more complicated question than you think. if you look at poverty trends over the past decades, we do see overall declines in poverty, but i think there is a good case to be made that the means that we have used to reduce poverty are precisely the means that have increased global inequality. that raises a more complicate
set of questions about how are we reducing poverty more than just are we seeing those numbers particular lower. >> very good to hear your thoughts on this. thanks for your time. >> my pleasure. >> stay with us on the al jazeera news hour. still ahead, by jordan's fight against isil may need to start at home. we meet a member of parliament whose son was a suicide bomber. >> a bewildering sight, unvalving the secret of this huge gathering of whale sharks. >> organizers of the tokyo olympics insist the games are back on track despite a false start on the stadium and global design. we're back after the break.
>> you have kids here who've killed someone? >> award winning journalist soledad o'brien takes us inside the violent world of kids behind bars. will a new experimental program be their last chance? >> i have to do my 100 percent best so i don't end up in a place like this again. >> welcome back. you're watching the al jazeera news hour. the taliban is reported to have retaken kunduz from afghan government forces. doctors without borders is calling for an independent investigation into the bombing
of a hospital in kunduz in which 23 people were killed. nato and the u.s. are conducting their own inquiries. >> at least 86 people are confirmed to have been killed in a landslide in guatemala. hundred was people are still missing follow the disaster on thursday. >> there's been a new wave of russian airstrikes in syria. according to the syrian observatory for human rights, strikes have hit areas with little or no isil presence. more on that story, and egypt's foreign minister reports russia's air campaign in syria, saying intervention will help stop the spread of what he called terrorism and deal a blow to isil in the country. let's now speak to an associate professor of politics and international relations at the doha institute for graduate studies. very good to have you with us. russia has been condemned across the arab world for its intervention in syria, but you
have egypt supporting this move. what's behind this? >> well, i think russia's been rightly condemned for what they're doing. i think from the perspective of the current regime, of course, all islamists are terrorists. they make no differentiation between non-violent and violent opposition. there is a group in sinai that just killed two police officers today. i think that's the first reason why he made that statement. i think the second reason is since the ouster of mr. morsi, president morsi in 2013, the egyptian regime has tried to better improve relations with russia, and that's meant frequent visits by president sisi. >> arms deals. >> arms deals for billions of dollars and in fact, president putin visited egypt, as well. this is i think an attempt to make move to a more independent
f.o.p. policy. >> if that's the case then, do you see this having an impact on u.s. military aid to egypt? >> i don't think so. i think that the united states has made a deal, you know, with the egyptians, basically based on continued camp david agreement security and so on and they are looking a different direction from issues of human rights and so on. it is unconscionable what the egyptian government has done, because now it is on the side of bashar al assad. >> indeed. >> and of course, i think there's no way to defend that. >> right, what about the saudis in all this? they're a major backer of al sisi. they must be raising an eyebrow here and wondering what's happening. do you see a repercussion there? >> i think so. certainly it's going to create tension between riyadh and cairo. whether it will cause a break, i don't think so, but certainly the saudis, the qataris will not
be happy with this. >> now the son of a jordanian member of parliament has been killed while fighting for isil in iraq. he participated in a triple car bomb attack against an iraqi army post. we have this report. >> little can ease the pain of jordanian, who's 23-year-old son was killed in iraq. he died in a suicide attack against the iraqi army while fighting alongside isil. even those paying condolences appeared shocked and confused. he had left ukraine where he was studying medicine to join isil in june. efforts by his father and jordanian officials to stop him from entering syria through turkey had failed. his father insisted isil exploited his son. >> my son was tricked and used and is a victim of isil.
the last time we talked, he said it was the last time he'd hear from him. he asked for forgiveness, because he had signed up for a suicide mission. >> in their sporadic contact, he said his son called him an appost tate. he said he will i didn't know to fight his son's ideology and will continue to fight it in parliament. >> there is a new feeling among the young men of the world, these men see fighting for these causes as a religious duty. >> officials have not commented on the m.p.'s son, but the government's stand on fighting isil remains as-is. >> jordan is a major member in the international coalition that is fighting terrorism and would also cooperate in sharing
security and intelligence information. we project the true and peaceful image of islam. >> around 3,000 jordanians have left the country to join armed groups including al-nusra and isil and 350 of them have been killed. >> jordan's fight against foreign groups abroad should be complemented by a fight against extremism at home. they say efforts should not only focus on cracking down on those who promote what the government describes as terrorist ideology, but also on social and intellectual change. >> israeli security forces restricting access to jerusalem's old city after two separate attacks on israelis. it comes after a palestinians man stabbed and wounded an israeli teenager. just hours earlier, another palestinians killed two israelis in a similar attack. the red crescent has treated 250 people in the occupied west bank, 22 have been wounded by live ammunition. >> france is boosting security
at itsen trains to the channel tunnel. it's the underceiling between the french port. >> many entered the tunnel in an effort to reach britain. >> hungary says russia is key to ending the war in syria and stemming the flow of refugees into europe. it's foreign minister said moscow's participation is necessary to fight isil. the refugees are still flowing into europe. >> pick a point at random on the route through europe. this is the last train station in macedonia on the serbia border. nothing's changed, day in and day out, they keep coming, the weary, the relieved, the hopeful. >> we have around eight trains
per day, sometimes more, sometimes less in 24 hours. >> do you see any sign at all of this flow of people slowing down, coming to an end? >> people were saying that october is going to be slower, but we are not seeing anything like that. >> this young man is an english teacher from raqqa in syria. >> do you feel your spirits are high? do you feel strong? >> yes, yes, i think my morale is so high to travel to another country, different places and different people, and like my friends, they are having a honeymoon. >> they are on their honeymoon, newly married? >> yes, bride and groom, honeymoon with different sights, train, bus. >> so a very active sightseeing honeymoon adventure there, and you're happy. >> yes, yes. >> they are very happy. >> well, congratulations. >> i want to ask you about the russian activities now in the last few days in your country.
do you think that it's going to help to end the war? >> no. i don't think so. it will be its worst. >> it will get worse. >> yes, more and more. >> after a few kilometers walk, people are now arriving in serbia. the media may have largely moved on from this story for the time being, the focus has shifted, but the spotlight is still very much on syria. it's about the russian bombing of syria now of course, but there aren't many here who seem to think that is going to make much difference. in the meantime, this miserable journey through 21st century europe goes on. a lot is said in parts of europe about these people, who they are, what they want, the threat that they pose. most are ordinary people beginning new lives in a world that has changed beyond recognition. jonah hall, al jazeera on the macedonia serbia border.
>> voters in portugal are taking part in a general election seen as a test of four years of austerity. people have to choose between giving the socialists a chance or reelecting the coalition that steered the country through a punishing bailout. >> a gathering of 33 catholic bishops in the vatican has been dominated by a controversy over a gay priest. it is focusing on family issues, including the church's stand on homosexuality. saturday, a vatican priest was dismissed after announcing that he is in a gay relationship. >> at least 16 people are said to have died at floodwaters deluge on the french riviera. >> cars litter the streets off the tourist town. the clean up begins, but some
are still shocked by the memories of the deluge that swept through their little town. >> the water was up to here. somebody came to get me. i couldn't walk because of the water pressure. it was horrible. i can't talk about this anymore. >> the city of nice is estimated to have received 10% of its average yearly rainfall in two days alone. the force of the water was deadly. many people drowned in their own cars, trapped in tunnels and underground car parks. some managed to escape. >> we arrived at this crossroads, a lot of water was coming down the two lane road and car was taken away and left there. we were fortunate to get out of the car through the window, because the water had been higher than the window. >> french president francois hollande have visited the towns. they are expecting to find more bodies as the waters recede. >> the u.s. space agency nasa lineup loaded more than 8,000
photographs taken by apollo astronauts during trips to the moon in the 1960's and 1970's. they are high resolution versions of original photos taken during the mission. every photo taken on the lunar surface by astronauts with chest mounded cameras can be viewed. the photos include blurry outtakes and candid shots of astronauts shaving during the three day journey between earth and the moon. >> still ahead, eve got sports. the host maybe out of the rugby world cup, but it goes on. argentina takes on another world cup winner.
>> welcome back. the world's oceans are in trouble from plastics solution to over fishing. there seems to be no end to the pressures on the seas. how to deal with that is the focus of a maker conference in chile. there is still marine wonders to be found sometimes in the most unlikely places. we have this report. >> we're speeding out to the sight in the arabian gulf between iran and qatar. an oil field, a high security zone closed to the public. right here every summer, some extraordinary happens. the whale sharks arrive in huge numbers.
gentle giants, filter feeding on the surface. it is a bewildering sight, and they come right up to the boat. some nine meters long or more, nearly 400 have been identified here. you think for all the world there would be nothing here at all. the outside air temperature is plus 40, not that different in the sea itself, and yet, every summer, there is this enormous aggregation of this iconic species. the platforms are owned by the oil company and for years they have been searching this annual arrival. >> the plan right now is to get the equipment and satellite tag ready.
we want to know where the females are going, because we really don't know where they give birth and hopefully the tags here can tell us a little bit more about where the females go. >> from the surface, it's impressive, from below, it's just astonishing. the sharks come mouths agape, sucking in the invisible eggs of small macro tuna that have spawned in the billions. the question is what draws them to waters thought to be too hot for such bio diversity. >> we think the secret to this place is the currents, cyclonic currents that sucks the water up, and maybe also the platforms. >> the platforms have turned into artificial reefs, which attract species that would not otherwise not live here and perhaps help to concentrate the macro tuna spawning. >> you haven't got the influence of people being in the water with them at the same time. the aggregation, there's a lot of problems and conflict with tourism. obviously here, it's quite a hostile environment.
>> back in the laboratories, the scientists continually monitor the signals put out by the satellite tags. >> what we see now, they are still aggregating around the platforms, and then we still have four females that are tagged, so it's going to be real exciting to see what they do next. hopefully, they'll go on a long journey and you know, reveal where they actually give birth to their young. >> it is an unlikely sight in the heart of an oil and gas field. soon the whale sharks will disappear for the winter to return next april. the natural wonder only goes to demonstrate how important it is to look after the oceans of the world. nick clark, al jazeera, the arabian gulf, qatar. >> time to catch up on sports now. >> england coach said he will consider his future after his
team's final game at the rugby world cup. on saturday, they became the first host to be knocked out of the tournament at the pole stage, outclassed by the australians. scoring two tries, the wallabies went into the break with a 17-3 advantage. time score, 33-16 australia and lots of questions for england's coach. >> it's a situation for the management team al jazeera we are going to play on saturday. time now to make a decision like that. >> he says england to move
forward from their early exit, the team management will need an overhaul. >> i think there will be changes. stuart had four years to get it right. he hasn't even remotely got it right. in terms of the mentality, the behavior has been better, but these are peripheral things. you've got to get it right on the pitch first. you know, not being knee-jerky. a lot of people are asking for calm. they have a game against uruguay, the exact definition of a damp squid now. maybe uruguay will field the rest of their team to take on england. i think there have to be changes, i'm afraid. he's had a long time to get it right. michael checker from australia has proven that a good coach of one year, australia were in
shambles a year ago, one year and he has already got it right. have to be changes. >> argentina have taken a step toward quarter finals with a win. dominating, the high tempo start was rewarded with the first try, but back-to-back tries midway through the third half saw the eighth ranked team take on control and watched by another argentine world cup, or who showed their class in the second half. sealed the victory, 45 points to 60. >> island two will be regular on experience as they take on their toughest test, taking on italy in london. >> every game is tight, and it's build excitement levels.
i can't remember a world cup before where as a team or as a group, we sat around on couches and watched the games. i think that's built the excitement, the third week in it for us now, but definitely, there's a feeling this week and performance that we are really familiar with and they're really familiar with us, as well. >> hoping to retake top spots in the english premier league. let's put the home side 3-0 up at half time. >> the 255th darby finish in a draw, scored the first for liverpool. just before the break, one-run was the final score there. >> the two powerhouses of dutch
football, also melt at the top of the table in amsterdam. between them, the two teams have won 55 new tights and five european cups. on sunday, coming out on top, scoring twice to get his team a 2-1 win. they've now closed the gap to just two points. >> more huge gains between bitter rivals happening sunday. in spain, the two madrid teams play each other. gervinho said he won't quit at boss. they were beaten 3-1 at home. result means the champions have won just two games out of eight in the e.p.r. and lie 16th in
the table on eight points 10 at the top. >> no way i resign. no way. why? because chelsea cannot have better management than me. there are many managers in the world that belong to my level, but not better. but not better. so no chance i run away. >> preparations to host the summer olympics in japan continue to run into problems. organizers scrapped original stadium plans last month and are still searching for a new logo to the game. the road to 2020 is proving far from smooth. >> this is the sight of what will be the olympic stadium when the design for it is finally decided. organizers are still dealing with the international embarrassment of scrapping the
original plans. likened by some so a giant cycling helmet, by others to a turtle or even a toilet seat. it was canceled because of casts. some members of the architecture community do not agree with the way it was handled. >> it still hasn't been explained fully why it was scrapped especially after such a major competition. architects and companies have been working on this for two years and for all that to be wasted is such a shame. >> the olympic organizers insist the 2020 games are still on track. >> there is no delay in the games preparations, except for the emblems. >> now hanging in their offices, the logo that was used in the bidding process are not that other emblem. >> the controversy comes amid the continuing problem over the very symbol of the games itself, after accusations of plagiarism, the original design had to be
redone, leading to a flourish of on line creativity about what should take its place. >> the search for a new logo prompted a social media outpouring of creative suggestions in japan and abroad. this designer is something of an olympics logo expert. >> from the 1960's to the 1980's, the designs were minimalist with simple components brought together but from the 1990's, became more free hand, organic. the tokyo logo looked like the old style and did not feel modern. we should not use an emblem that the people don't love. >> we are learning from this experience and for the next selection of the emblems, we are going to make the process as open as possible, and transparent as possible. >> with a new stadium design and a new logo for the tokyo
olympics, organizers hope to have a new start. al jazeera, tokyo. >> europe's richest horse race has been one by the fourth time by an italian. aiming for a third straight victory, celebrating well before he crossed the line, he won the darby in june and after winning the $6.3 million race in paris is now aiming for the breeder's cup in kentucky next month. lots more sport on our website. for all the very latest check out aljazeera.com/sport. we've got blogs and videos from correspondents around the world. robin adams will have more sport for about you later. >> that's it for this news hour from al jazeera. from the team, thanks for watching. we are live from our london news center next. do stay with us.
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