doha. fifa's ethics committee saying that they should be suspend: the only trouble facing the powerful man. >> he's hypocrite and liar. >> the presidential rivals announce he's planning to sue. details later. >> a major development in the war with syria with russia launching arrest ship strikes from its fleet in the caspian sea. 26 crews missiles were fired from four warships. the targets were positions held by the islamic state in iraq and the levant. russia said that the operation destroyed all 11 targets and no civilians were killed or injured. russia has been bombing positions in syria for more than a week. now syrian troops have launched
a major ground offensive. it's not against isil. >> we have more from the caspian sea. >> russia opened a second front from the war. the missiles were launched without warning by russia's powerful caspian sea flotilla. with a range of 25,000 kilometers. russia released graphics showing course over iran and iraq but avoiding southeastern turkey. they briefed the president on
the strike. >> all targets were destroyed. and no civilians were harmed. >> the missile strike was totally unexpected, and it does beg the question why rush would target isil positions 1200 kilometers away when it has a large fighter bombing force carrying out daily strikes against isil. well, it would go to remind the west of russia's military reach. and ash carter formerly ruled out any military cooperation with russia. >> i said before that we believe that russia has the wrong strategy. they continue to hit targets that are not isil. we believe this is a fundamental mistake. despite what the russians say we have not agreed to cooperate
with russia so long as they continue to pursue mistaken strategy and hit these targets. >> a disappointment for president putin, who had hoped to persuade the u.s. to join his coalition against isil. peter sharp, al jazeera, moscow. >> taking a look at its capabilities, the missiles have a range up to 2,000 kilometers. they can be fired from ships and submarines and carry nuclear as well conventional war heads. when they get within 60 kilometers from their targets they can fly at super sonic speed making it difficult if not up possible to shoot down.
the novel bombardment, how do you think that changes the game on the ground. >> on the ground, i don't think it changes a lot. they didn't want to hu put aircraft up in the air. it may have been, as your correspondent said, an attempt to show russian military prowess. they're going have the same affect and it won't change the balance. >> there seems to be a coalition forming between hezbollah and syrian military forces as opposed to our coalition in the west. in this coalition it is primarily for the defense of the
government. whether it is to make sure that the government that is in place in damascus and the country doesn't turn into another somalia, the efforts seem to be one of perpetuating a single unit in the country. >> what is the risk of it turning into something bigger? turkey complain nag russia is in their air space, and the u.s. has had to reroute coalition aircraft to avoid conflict with the russian aircraft. >> well, i don't think finger pointing on either side is helpful. the fact remains you're going to have various types of aircraft in the air all ros air all ostensibly in the fight against
isil. if we don't get the three sides talking, primarily the russians and the u.s. i think the chance of something unanticipated happening goes up dramatically. this is a simple case of coordinating between the different parties. we've done it before. we'll do it again in the future. we'll get on with it now instead of this blame game. >> the issue of coordination, ash carts has described the strategy there as a fundamental mistake. he did say that he'll continue basic technical discussions on the professional safety procedures. how difficult is that to do when the climate is so tense between the various parties in what the targets should be? >> well, that's where the military comes in. i think most militaries around the world under stands how to work on a technical level in a cooperative matter. they're most effected if something goes wrong.
let's leave the politics between lavrov and kerry and carter and worry about that separately. military people know how to sit down, look across the table face-to-face, and deconflict these operations. we've been doing it for years. it's not that difficult of a task as long as the political masters above the military have the willingness to go forward. >> thank you very much. >> sure. >> witnesses on the ground in syria say that russian airstrikes have destroyed the main weapons depo. >> an in face in russia's intervention in syria. moscow has been targeting the opposition from the air. now that air power is being used to support syrian army count offensive on the ground. areas are coming under fire. this battle is for control of an important corner in western syria.
strategically situated along the main highway between the cities of damascus and aleppo. and it seems that the government had informed the residents of the planned assault. >> after the regime threatened to up aggravated the town, the families fled from their homes, and now this town is empty of civilians, and only rebels remain. >> people started fleeing on tuesday. tens of thousands fled the town. it is not clear how many of them have already left. but the rebel factions in these region are promising to fight back. >> we'll defend our ground. we will not allow them to enter. we promise we'll burn them. >> for the past week the russian airstrikes have been weakening the opposition surrounding the government stronghold in the west. they stop the rebel advances in this region, now they're helping the army recapture territory.
>> the immediate objective of russia's intervention in the conflict is becoming clear. to change the balance of power on the ground. al jazeera, beirut. >> well for more on russia's growing involvement in syria and it's international repercussions. let's go to james bays from the united nations. for years we've had failure on the political front or to come to a resolution for syria. what is this greater involvement from russia leave any attempts to resolve the crisis in syria? >> i think it pushes them back conner isbly. it makes the effort very, very hard, indeed, it puts them way back from where he was perhaps just a week ago in the beginning of the u.n. general assembly. these airstrikes by russia causing deep unease on the security council, one member of
the security council causing it to be beyon beyond the pale. of course, the new development of russia using a naval platform to use cruz missiles also warning people here the talk is all off deconfriction because there are so many different air forces in the area. you have all of the u.s.' all ies as well as turkey involved in various missions and iraq and syria. the worry is that there could be a problem in the air space above syria, in a russia could, for example, accidently be involved in some sort of conflict with the western allies. that's why there has been contacted between the u.s. and russians with the key phrase being deconfriction trying to make sure that each knows what the other is up to.
i'm told they'll want to span the talks, and they pushed back representing all of its coalition allies. >> thank you. >> still ahead on the program government forces are making gains against the taliban. plus a report from south africa where thousands have taken to the streets to cope with the establishment of a minimum wage. south africa in the corner finals in a patch against usa. we'll have that and all of sport coming up later. >> tensions reign ohio between israelis and an increase in
violence to cross israel and the west bank. this was a scene in ramallah. they fought with israeli forces. one man was killed and several others from injured. palestinian leader mahmood abbas insist that the citizens are not seeking confrontation with israel. clashes have seen five palestinians killed since october 3rd, more than 1,600 have been injured. four israelis have also died. we have more from ramallah. >> there were clashes around several areas. in jericho, bethlehem, and here in ramallah where students had called for their own day of rage. now the clashes lasted for several hours with israeli forces using once again live ammunition to push back the protesters. this has been going on for several days. there is one figure that really stands out at this stage, that's
the number of wounded. >> 1,600 and 42 palestinians were wounded, and among them you have about 260 that were hit by live ammunition, and 650 that were wounded because of rubber-coated stea steel bullets. that gives you an idea of the amount of force the israeli soldiers have been using to push back these protesters and confront them. each time there is a new injured, each time someone dies, it really increases the resolve and the determination of. many will tell you that everything else failed. the negotiations are not happening. there is no political way ahead we can see. the only thing we can do at this
stage is to continue to keep up the press to make our voices heard, and to make everyone understand that we will not stay quiet until until we get what we want. the population does agree with these views, but they're wondering what is a step ahead. people have been going through a first and a second there is talk of a third, but we're still not there. then people will tell you, then what, if we don't have a clear goal then more people will die. there will be more death and destruction around, and probably we won't get much. certainly a lot of people are frustrated. a lot of people do wonder what lays ahead. but no one seems very positive at moment. >> president barack obama has phoned to apologize to the doctors without borders.
the charity is seeking to invoke investigation on the attack of the medical facility in kunduz, which killed 22 people on saturday. the fact finding commission would investigate whether the actions amount to the war crime. >> we cannot rely only on internal military investigations by u.s. nato and afghan forces. today we have announced we're seeking an investigation into the cunduz attack into the humanitarian fact finding commission. the commission was established in additional protocols in the geneva conventions, and is the only body set up specifically to investigate violations of humanitarian law. >> the strategic city was briefly seized by the taliban
last week. but afghan troops have regained control of the main square. we have this update from kunduz. >> the city is now quiet, but the two sides are not far from each other. the forces are a few hundred meters from each other taking position. civilians are getting out of their home to do some shopping, some shops are open. they're suffering for almost ten days with no food, no water. they were stuck in their homes, no electricities. some are leaving the area. they're telling us that they don't have faith in afghan security forces any more than the area is going to be cleared soon from taliban. they believe the fighting is going to continue for some time now. we talked with afghan security forces. we asked them why they're going
so slow. we have them telling us here that they have lack of leadership, and among they are saying that the second reason that taliban are hiding in the residential area. afghan security forces are pushing it a hard push, and it might cause civilian casualties. that's why they're going so slow. >> as the fighting conditions, thousands of ordinary afghans have about to flee the city in search of safety. emron khan reports. >> they fled kunduz. but they left behind a father and a husband. he's a policeman. he was in contact with his family since a few days ago. since then, nothing. they thought their ordeal was over. >> when the fighting began on
the fifth day, it was at 4:00 a.m. and woke up our children. we walked for miles from the city, crossed over dead bodies. there were lots of dead bodies. we had no money with us and could in the afford to hire a car. we gave our gold earrings for our drivers to bring us to kabul. >> they're struggling to cope with the thousands of people escaping the fighting. donors are stepping in to provide much-needed help. >> this is our country. afghanistan is an united country. like a human being, a single organ of the body is in pain, the whole body feels the pain. whether it's kandahar, kunduz, north, south, we do not differentiate. they are our brothers, and it is our duty to help these families who have suffered. >> that help is nowhere near enough. at least 8,000 families in kunduz are registered and displaced and scattered across
afghanistan. the figure could be much higher. >> it's not clear to us how many people have been displaced. 85% of the people have left to different provinces. the government has done nothing. thousands of people have arrived with no shelter, food or water. it's very unfortunate that aid organizations and the government of afghanistan don't have a plan to help them or provide them with shelter. >> kunduz has been at the center of the security forces in taliban fighters. both sides say they made gains and that the other is losing. what is clear is the displacement crisis grows by the day. al jazeera. >> fifa president sepp blatter looks to be suspended by the suspect's governing body. fee from a has been plagued with corruption scandals eventuall recently. the 79-year-old is stepping down from his role as president after
elections in 2016. he has been separately questioned into criminal mismanagement. we will speak to our sports reporter, robin adams, who is in doha. how does it all work? >> well, the ethics committee has been locked in talks since monday in zurich. we understand that this is a recommendation that he be provisionally suspended for 90 days and he will be suspended by thursday. this has to be rectified by thursday. and at which point we expect a man who has within running fifa since 1996 to be suspended. >> as we said, provisional suspension which could be made official by thursday. >> why do you think there are so many question marks. why is it taking the ethics committee so long to discuss it
and come up with this if they do go ahead with it. >> well, he's not officially being charged. he's seen to investigations basically they have reports where this payment which they claim was paid to michel platini, he has not been charged yet, but this matter has been sent to the committee. and they'll decide on appropriate action. he has been seemingly untouchable the last few weeks but now the wall is closing in on seth blatter. >> we'll come back with more on sport. thank you. >> greek police say they've broken an international criminal wing that has been trafficking refugees through greece. hundreds of fake identification
documents were seized and 12 suspects were arrested on sunday. both detained came from pakistan, egypt, syria and iraq. the alleged smugglers helped refugees to travel on to macedonia and italy. the parliament has been meeting on the agenda issued from the greek debt to the conflict in ukraine. but it was an historic address from german chancellor angela merkel that dominated the meeting. the leaders set out their vision for the european crisis. neave barker reports. >> if ever there was a rallying cry for europe, then here it was. they arrive from the european parliament and they face a beset by challenges. the ukraine conflict, the lingering effects of the greek debt and eurozone crisis. but it's the crisis of the
arrival of half a million refugees in europe that has created rifts between countries willing and able to help and those who want to keep them out. in the mediterranean e.u. warships have gun patrolling the waters. it's hoped this e.u. task force will help tackle people smuggling. 3,000 people have died trying to make the trip to europe this year. president hollande urged the 28-nation assembly to overcome differences and rise to the challenge. >> with each crisis fear has emerged. we have to live with fear but we must not live dominated by fear. there is a temptation to retreat into an international shell each time there is a crisis. >> it was a message shared by the german chancellor who urged
belief in the project. >> we must not.fall prey. it is now that we need more than ever before the cohesion and courage that europe has always shown in the past. >> but as the two leaders pressed for greater solidarity between states and with refugees, it became apparent that behind closed doors european officials were working on plans to deport thousands of failed asylum seekers. this leaked document said that $900 million will be earmarked to remove people without the proper paperwork. many of them economic migrants. the last time the leaders from france and germany gave a joint address here was 26 years ago, a matter of weeks after the fall of the berlin wall. back then it was about expansion
and unity. now it's about overcoming challenges and holding on to what europe has. for europe to achieve this, it requires unparalleled cooperation at a time of unparalleled strain. >> still ahead on this news hour from london. the police and fbi announce they have found the indeeds to make a dirty bomb. we have more reports from botswana. and fifa's top man is provisionally suspended as they continue into alleged congres wrongdoing.
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tension in israel following reports of a number of stabbings. one in the palestinian talker stabbed a palestinian man to death. fifa president sepp blatter could face suspension during an investigation into criminal mismanagement. the police in moldova working along side u.s. police they have found attempts to sell ingredients for a dirty bomb. >> he was no ordinary target as they were taking no chances. as they move in to apprehend a man involved in a smuggling network. this is what they were looking
for. a sample of ingredients for a dirty bomb. it's a case that has exposed moldova in the hub of nuclear materials. operating in an impoverished part of eastern europe. moldova police together with the u.s. fbi has stopped four attempts by russian-linked gangs to sell nuclear material. undercover police officers posing as gangsters with links to isil reached out to the network's middle men. when they raided the home of former kgb informant, they found blue prints on how to build a dirty bomb. >> they can make one of those dirty bombs, you know, one of those dirty bombs. have you heard such a thing? the level of radiation would be
high, and it would spread material over this big of a territory. >> but it was all part of a sting. he believed when he went to pick up hundreds of thousands of dollars it can come from a genuine buyer, but the police were about to pounce. moldovaen officials say that some of those involved have faced justice. but sentences have been short. the danger posed by many others in this murky and dangerous world still exist. >> returning to our top story in the situation in syria the pentagon has confirmed that one of its aircraft would alter its flight path to avoid russian aircraft in the area. what other details are they providing in this incident? >> they're not trieding many details, lauren, but they're saying that on one occasion sometime in the past week the u.s. aircraft, and they're not
saying whether it was a fighter jet or perhaps a drone, had to change its flight path in order to avoid contact with a russian aircraft. now this has happened since u.s. and russian military officials actually held a video conference to talk about setting up a process in order to avoid getting into each other's way while they're both conducting airstrikes in syria. the u.s. is very concerned about getting in the russian's way, or the americans getting in the russian's way, or something much worse developing because of that. there has not been any more conversation between the two militaries with the so-called deconfriction process and the incident, at least according to the pentagon is more evidence why these conversations need to happen as quickly as possible. >> and with the use of naval bombardment for the first time in russia and syria, did the
pentagon have any comment on that? >> well, the pentagon noted while the russians were carrying out these cruise missile strikes on what they say were enemy targets inside syria, they noted that the missiles charged from the caps peen sea, and then over iraqi air space before reaching syrian air space. the iraqi government was not notified that there would be russian cruz missiles, and the pentagon is saying this is yet another reason why the sow called deconfriction talks need to happy as quickly as pop possible. >> the ukrainian government as
the officials in europe, elections taking place with more time for peace talks. they believe they would jeopardized the pea deals signed in minsk in february. >> on october 18th and another 1st ends the biggest threat to the minsk agreements. it was on november 2nd last year when collections were held that the peace process were stopped and guns were heard again. it shows that we can, we were able to and will act effectively. >> the police in belgium have been fighting with protesters after a march by trade unions got out of hand. riot police responded with tear
gas and water canons. protesters are unhappy with the policies. volkswagen will recall 11 million cars after the company was found to have cheated on emission tests. the diesel engines will be returned to the factory to have illegal software changed. the ceo hopes to have the operation complete by 2016. germany's largest carmaker has set aside $7 billion for the recall and other efforts to restore its image. suicide attacks in nigeria has killed 18 people. it happened during three separate bombings on wednesday. eight others have been injured in the attacks. aid full-time workers in a struggle to make enough money to live on.
now they take to the streets to help the country overcome poverty. taunya page reports. >> these protesters say the national minimum wage betwee between 2034 and $340 a month would be dignity for all workers. they're all here. i say enough is enough. we demand immediate implementation of the minimum wages to make sure that every worker is given something. >> 5.5 million working poor in south africa. workers who are employed full time yet still can't afford to cover all their family's needs. people like tina, she works more than 35 hours a week as a cleaner, but her pay is $88 a month.
she lives in a shack and manages to put money in a daily saving scheme. food, electricity and rent soak up the rest, she never has spare cash. >> at the end of the day. >> there are those who already have a set minimum wage but they're really enforced. leaving workers vulnerable. instead of a national minimum wage they say that government leaders should be making it easier for businesses to grow and create more jobs. >> the biggest driver of inequality is not low wages but unemployment. >> these protesters say that the lowest workers are being
exploited, and. >> if the government cannot create more jobs with the conditions businesses to do so, south africa is expected to continue to suffer from high unemployment from what these workers say are modern day slave wages. johannesburg. >> global oversupply of diamonds is hitting the mining industry. sales of the country's diamonds are falling as thousands lose their jobs. botswana's bread and butter, diamonds contribute 70% of its export income. but with so many, sales are down. >> it's a challenging period in the pipeline, and for us as well. as i say, that imbalance will pull through, and you know, we're very, very hard to insure
that consumers still desire diamonds. >> sales reach $80 billion for the first time last year. but a slowdown in growth in china are damaging the industry. dideboers say that demand is strong despite the drop in sales in the first half of this year. >> we're investing heavily. we've got $3 million invested in future projects. >> but jobs have been lost in botswana and other countries that cut and polish diamonds. >> many have last lord their jobs. two companies have completely shut down. but they're hoping that this year's christmas period will help the industry to recovery. >> now it's trying to improve the skills of its workforce so they can cut and polish the precious stones. >> diamonds are the lifeblood of
the economy of botswana. not only in the diamond industry, but the off-spin of it, we're thinking about people in the government employees, people in hospitality. >> the trade union says diamonds need to be marketed differently to appeal to younger buyers. executives are urging government leaders to make concessions. >> they want to buy diamonds, ship them out of the country. they could have services that move from the diamonds. they come up with all sorts of things. >> botswana has cut this economic forecast to almost half. many say that the current conditions are a wake-up call to ensure that it diversifies in an economy in a relies heavily on a commodity. which looks like it's losing
it's sparkle for some just now. >> india's president has called for more tolerance and unity following outrage of the killing of a muslim man for allegedly eating beef. he was killed in his home by a mob who beat him to death with bricks and stones. minutes before the lynching a hindu priest announced that he had butcher a cow for dinner. there is a statewide ban on its slaughter. >> we cannot allow this to be wasted. and throughout the years the civi civilization of diversity, promoted, and tolerance, this
call of civilization to keep us together. >> pakistan's supreme court has upheld the deat death sentence. the death penalty is reintroduced in pakistan after the taliban attacked a school killing 132 students. now many are turn to go tribal justice to resolve disputes. we have reports in northwest pakistan. >> despite the death threats, he volunteers for a job few others want, mediating between families who hate each other. sometimes their disputes have existed for decades. >> from the moment the government decides to hang
people our work increased by 60% to 70%. they decided to negotiate. many were in jail, and the order had been given to hang them. time was ticking. >> every meeting starts the same way, with a hug. these men have been feuding with their nape for 32 years. the disagreement started over a pond. one family wanted to fish in it. the other wanted to swim. 25 people have been killed since then. >> from my heart, i don't want to give guns to the young any more. we have to find a way to mediate or we'll destroy ourselves. >> these types of mediations are critical to ending disputes between families. if they go to court they get a verdict. but the war and hatred between the families would continue. so these --
>> if they get both sides to reach an agreement it is summited to the court. the case is withdrawn, and anyone involved with the dispute who is in prison or on death row is freed. without a deal the revenge killings could continue for generations. sometimes reaching an agreement can be costly. this man's son is facing execution for murder. he's agreed to pay $40,000 to the victim's family to save his son. >> before our people stayed enemies. they wouldn't negotiate. now they're starting tribal councils because of fear of
executions. they'll reach an agreement at any cost. >> another life has been spared. time to celebrate over rice and kebabs with 8,000 pakistanis on death row, he's busy. his condemned clients know now is the time to compromise if they want to avoid the hang man's noose. nicole johnston, al jazeera, northwest pakistan. >> still ahead on this hour of news from london. we investigate how coral reefs are flourishing in the polluted waters of hong kong harbor. and robin will tell you how the houston astros policied the new york yankee's come back.
>> pollution is prolific in an area where scientists thought coal reefs would not survive, they're surviving. >> cranes and construction sites circle the pore lore front. land is devouring the waters as the city expands its footprint. these scientists are keeping a close watch on what is happening on land but closer watch on what is going on beneath the water, and what might be happening to the coral. >> we have pollution that derives from development from sewage, industrial affluence with heavy melt contamination.
we have sediment from reclamation activities. all of these things synergisti synergistically affect coral in a negative way. >> david baker is reeding this research team. the group is diving in key spots around the harbor logging coral species and how they're fairing in the face of these tough conditions, and no one was expecting this. >> i'm pretty surprised because we do have numbers of the water quality and concentration. >> just a few nautical miles from the highrise housing estates, major construction sites and 7 million people the divers have found contro coral not only alive but thriving. >> polluted harbors, marinas, areas close to waste water discharge discharges, and you can still find coral and coral
relatives. >> so far the team has recorded 80 different species of hard coral, something more identified in the entire caribbean sea. >> it's a clear day in hong kong. today we saudi versety of coral around. we even some schools of fishes today. it was a pretty nice day today. >> like any other marine environment around the world, this region is feeling the impacts of climate change and development. but the stronger types of coral species are holding on despite the unrelenting conditions, and scientists are trying to establish how they survive. >> the scientists gather fragments of coral. >> we can grow them. fragment them and create baby coles. our goal is to put them back into the sites where they came from. >> the fact that these corals are thriving leave scientists
baffled. >> we could make a high pos hypothesis that these are the strongest to survive. >> sara clark, al jazeera, hong kong. >> now for the latest sports news. >> thank you very much. good to have you along, everybody. as you've been hearing in the news hour, fifa president sepp blatter looks to be suspended. the council is meeting in zurich, and blatter's 90-day suspension will be rectified on thursday. he has become targeted of an investigation by swiss prosecutors. they will look to relace him in february's presidential election, bu chung hit back on
without--mr. blatter is, in short, a hypocrite and a liar. >> the match has been scheduled if the west bank by the saudis have refused to play there citing exceptional circumstances. they would have to travel through check points. palestine argued that moving the match would deprive the country of its right to play at home. south sudan has made its world cup debut just three years after becoming members of fifa. they have been in existence for just four years now. they were admitted to both african and world football governing body's becoming fifa's
209th member in 2012. the first official collar game came soon after that against uganda in that same year and took them until december 2015 for them to get their first competitive victory. it came at the expense of he can torannacan--equatorial guinea. >> about a run di will take the victory in the second leg of at home. and kenya, big winners, 5-2 the score there, total of 26 teams will play home and away over two legs. the 13 winners will advance to the second round. two matches of the rugby world cup on wednesday. the georgia came will tick off in the next few minutes. winners of south africa well and truly putting in the shock
behind them. they have an impressive 64 demolition of the usa while the american side were competitive in the first half, and in this pool be clash in london. holding the springs box to 14. they will play the winner in the quarterfinal which will either be australia or wales. the new york yankees in their wildcard playoff at yankee stadium on tuesday. they would score against the yankees, and the astros have reached the american league division series where they'll
face the kansas city royals. >> never would have imagined that we would have pitched that well or played that well on the yankee stadium. nobody gave us anything at the start of the year, and i don't think anybody gave us a shot at the end of the year. >> it's really disappointing. it's hard, seasons end abruptly, and it is very difficult. there is a lot of character in this room and it hurts. we just didn't get it done. >> more to look forward to on wednesday. the national league wildcard game pits the pittsburgh pirates against the chicago cubs. the cubs are trying to win their first world series since 1908.
that is your sport. >> robin, thank you very much, indeed. the world of fashion is always hunting for the next big thing and perhaps iraqi designs will become next season's new look. this is the first time since the 1970s that a fashion show of its kind has been held in basra. it is held on the history of the province with a modern touch. it was a hit with 250 people attending. don't forget you can catch up at any time for the news and sport at www.aljazeera.com. that's it from me. barbara serra will be here for the next couple of minutes. thanks for watching.
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