very good to have your company for this al jazeera news hour live from london with me, david foster. let's look at the stories we'll cover in detail for the next 60 minutes. police confront students in south africa as protesters force concessions from the president over tuition fees. there's not many left of us here, so this is the last bus getting out of here. >> the biggest storm in the
western hemisphere. mexico's western coast braces for hurricane patricia. tens of thousands of palestinians are allowed into prayers. israel eases restrictions on access to the al asqa mosque. we're counting down to the rugby world cup semifinals that get underway in 24 hours time. it's the world champions on saturday. we'll hear them from later in the program. south africa's president zuma will freeze a rise in fees proposed for university students next year. it came after massive demonstrations in the capital city of pretoria. here thousands of university students. this is what they think of the proposed increase.
some of them tried to storm the seat of government but were held back by riot police that fired stun grenades and used water cannons. al jazeera was in the middle of that protest. this is what she sent us. >> reporter: these protests where we are now have been going on for over eight days. they've, in fact, spread across the country, and that will explain why students are becoming increasingly impatient. they're due to begin exams next week. they say they can't do that if they don't have any answer as to what will happen with the fee increases. they demand that fees not be increased at all. ultimately wanting government to commit to free education, cursory education in the country. so, of course, we've seen students here increasingly tense and wanting government to come out and respond to them. at the same time, leadership we've spoken to here says they aren't necessarily optimistic about what the government will
say. >> as he said, the fees wouldn't, in fact, be going on, zuma appealed for calm. >> the government understands the difficulties faced by students from poorhouse holds and all affected to allow the process to unfold. to find long-term solutions in order to ensure access do education by our students. >> we asked for an update from the scene of the protests. >> reporter: many have dispersed and police are continuing to fire stun grenades trying to get them to leave the grounds after the announcement there will be a 0% fee increase. many students are angry by the police reaction after tear gas was fired as some of the students suffered from the tear
gas. they're trying to leave the grounds as quickly as they can. a small group still close to the union buildings running away from the union buildings as well as police try to disperse them. now to mexico, a country bracing itself for what's described as potentially calf strofk conditions. it's one of the strongest hurricanes on record bears down on the country's western coastline. according to the world meteorological organization, hurricane patricia is the strongest to ever heat the east or north pacific region. a state of emergency is declared in a number of mexican states. this is likened to typhoon haiyan. you can take a look here and see where patricia is moves right now. the u.s. national weather service says it's likely to hit landfall around about 55 minutes
time with wind speeds of 325 kilometers an hour. more from al jazeera's patty culhane. >> reporter: there's little question with this storm. in hours these seas will rage, these buildings will be battered. it would not be possible for tourists to stroll along the beach. hurricane patricia is on its way. >> translator: it's very probable that this hurricane will effectively be the most intense hurricane that has existed in this part of the pacific in our country since records began in 1949. >> reporter: this is a historic storm in many ways. the strongest ever recorded in the pacific. the fastest ever to develop. residents have been given some time to prepare. >> translator: i'm doing well here with my mother. they had told us it was going to be category 4, and after monitoring, it's been raised to category 5. they told us that there will be protections, special sites where people can stay.
>> translator: we really didn't buy that much because they regularly say that a hurricane will come, but sometimes they don't hit. that's why i think the majority don't participate that much. >> reporter: experts say this is not a storm to take lightly. >> mexico has a lot of mountains, the terrain is very high. that causes storms to weaken quickly. in turn, that amplifies the rainfall, so typically when they make landfall in mexico, most of the damage and casualties are associated with flooding from rainfall. >> reporter: it's hard to imagine what wind gusts up to 400 kilometers per hour would feel like. the damage it could cause, but meteorologists say hundreds of thousands of people are about to find out as a category 5 hurricane comes ashore. patty culhane, al jazeera. we're going to bring in ray who researches global tropical cyclones. not only is it possible this is going to be the biggest storm ever in the pacific but possibly the biggest storm anywhere ever? >> yeah.
it's certainly looking like it may be at the moment. it's currently the largest measured in the western hemisphere, in the north atlantic and eastern pacific. recent measurements may show that it may be the strongest ever. that is scary with the intensity of the storm. >> it's a phrase used more often than not with other events. in the sense we have the perfect storm with the conditions. >> certainly. this is known as a category 5 storm, and associated with a category 35 is often a storm surge, which can be of the order of 6 meters. this is a two-story wall of water making its way in land from the ocean. there's likely to be catastrophic winds reaching up to 200 miles per hour, which can rip the roofs off houses and even damage other properties. >> have been been there myself, one of the most dangerous things about a hurricane is the winds of 200 miles per hour are ripping the buildings one way as it spins through, but, of course, the back end of the hurricane is going the other way and rips them back in the
opposite direction. >> that's certainly true. you find whether a hurricane makes laft it can be a prolonged event which can affect the local community. initially you have the strong storm surge at the coast. you also have devastating winds. with mexico being quite a mountainous region, the winds start to die off. however, the rainfall is likely to last over a large area. >> as the storm comes in and hits land, it will hit high ground. that is dissipate the effect, but more rain will come down then because it hits mountains? >> exactly what you said. as this storm hits landfall, it's in a high area. so it would dissipate, the surface friction will increase, in which that kills the wind speed. the rainfall is likely to carry on throughout mexico. >> i was looking at the pictures of this thing, and it seems to be as far north as puerto vallarta and not as far south as acapulco. the width is huge as well, isn't it? >> yeah. it's unprecedented for the size of this storm.
often in the eastern pacific you see quite small, localized storms, and they often follow a a northwest track that tracks parallel to the mexican coast. this is large for eastern pacific, and it's making its way to the mexican coast, which is quite rare. >> how will we know before it hits lands, in about 50 minutes from now? will we get any idea from satellite or aircraft that may be high up enough to see what's happening what it's going to do? >> i believe there's a mission by the hurricane hunters, so this is a group of aircrafts owned by noaa in the u.s. who fly into hurricanes in the north atlantic and the eastern pacific. these drop measurements from their plane as they fly into the hurricane, and these little measurement devices take measurements to provide us with a best estimate how strong it will be before landfall. that's certainly the best truth we have, and we have satellites
with their eyes on them all throughout their life cycle. >> we'll hear later from the program someone i spoke to in puerto vallarta being bussed out. she said it was the calm before the storm. >> that seems to be the case for a number of storms where a day before the event it can be quite a clear sky. with a storm brewing off the coast, it's really a revolutionary thing of weather forecasting now which we're able to predict events because without that prior knowledge, being located in the coast befo beforehand, you wouldn't have any idea that something so phenomenal is coming. >> ray, thank you. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> it's a story will be monitoring here on al jazeera. another one we've been following very intently the story out of the middle east. about 30,000 muslims have been allowed to pray at the compound housing the al asqu mosque in
eastern jerusalem. it's the first time the restrictions were lifted on who can and cannot enter the site. the al aqsa mosque is at the heart of this. mike hannah reports now from occupied east jerusalem. >> reporter: young and old, male and female arrive for friday prayers. in recent weeks there was no age or gender restriction for worshippers going to the al asqa mosque compound. those closely checked each identity are now relaxing and watching as the palestinian faithful pass by. the scenes were not as peaceful in many parts of the occupied west bank. activists groups declared a day of rage and there was sporadic fighting in a number of areas. the wider israeli occupation remains in place, a critical context for the easing of restrictions at the al aqsa
mosque compound. >> this must end. this is the only country in the whole world occupied and treating people miserable. we have. it's enough. palestinians need to be free. >> reporter: nonetheless the tenuous calm on this day in this place, a hope for the diplomats seeking a reduction in the level of conflict. with the asked the israeli prime minister's office if there's any connection between the lifting of the restrictions and the meeting benjamin netanyahu had with the u.s. secretary of state. we're told it's the situation on the ground that determines the level of security that is enforced, but the question many ask in the light of the calm that has prevailed since the restrictions have been lifted, why were the restrictions imposed in the first place? mike hannah, al jazeera, in occupied east jerusalem. >> the restrictions may have been lifted, but that hasn't improved the lives of many palestinians living in the village. they're currently caught in the
struggles between israeli security force on one side and the palestinian protesters on the other. andrew simmons is in occupied east jerusalem. >> reporter: returning from prayers at the al aqsa mosque compound, palestinians found restrictions there have been eased, but life at home here in this village gets harder by the day. >> it's ruining our lives. it's very hard here. i mean, it's more than a siege, you know. >> reporter: there are three ways in and out, but concrete blocks bar the way to traffic in all but one of them. the security forces sealed off the victllage to keep the peace. this is the center of the village and the confrontation point between israeli security forces and palestinian protesters, for anyone living in the vicinity, it's a nightmare. it turned out to be even worse than that five days ago for this
family. the 65-year-old inhaled large amounts of tear gas in her home. her husband says in the early hours of tuesday she became seriously ill. her son set out to drive her to hospital, but he says soldiers held him for half an hour before letting him take her to hospital. by then, he says, it was too late. she died of a heart attack. >> translator: i was angry as i wanted to save her life. whatever happened to me didn't matter. if this side of the village wasn't blocked, it would take a couple minutes to reach the hospital and we may have saved her life. >> translator: the israeli police and army say they're civilized. what kind of civilization is this? the ambulance cannot even come to my house. >> reporter: the police say priority is always given to humanitarian cases, and there was no delay at this checkpoint. from his balcony this man can
see just how close this part of the village is to the hospital. just beyond the blocked main entrance. he says life is cheap here. he's moving his children to live nearer to their school saving up to two hours delays at the roadblock, and it's safer there. an andrew simmons, al jazeera. >> while all this is going on the group that's the yourian union, the united nations, the u.s. and russia, they have been having a meeting in vienna to work out a planful a short while ago we heard from the eu foreign affairs chief calling on all parties to work towards a two-state solution. >> it calls for significant steps to be taken consistent with the transition contemplated by prior agreements in order to restore confidence and hope in
the availability of a negotiated two-state solution that resolves the final state of issues including that of jerusalem and ends the occupation that began in 1967. they re-affirm the strong commitment to act in coordination with regional and international stakeholders in an effort to stabilize the situation and to assure adjust comprehensive and lasting settlement of the palestinian/israeli conflict. >> let's go to my colleague barnaby phillips live for us in vienna. she says, yeah, two-state solution is something we need to work towards. it would have been a surprise if she hadn't said that. goodness knows how long that might take. whether it comes to the more immediate future, she had something to say. >> reporter: well, she certainly told us, david, that the pace of diplomacy is increasing, because john kerry left vienna and is
flying to the region. he's flying to jordan, and we expect tomorrow he will meet king abdullah and the palestinian president abbas there. she said after that abbas will travel to brussels to meet her there on monday. also, there is telephone contact between all these people pretty much all the time. she said that in her meeting yesterday with benjamin netanyahu, which took place in berlin, she had received assurances about the status of the holy sites, about that israel having no intention, according to prime minister netanyahu, to change their status and also there have been reassurances over the jordanian role in protecting them as well. so what can we say? the international community is increasing the diplomatic pressure, and it feels clearly that this is a time worth talking, an urgent time, and that these talks could potent l potentially be productive.
in terms of concrete results on the ground, i'm afraid yet again we have not seen them yet. >> barnaby, that is the quartet that we're talking about. there's another group of four countries that have been meeting in vienna, two are the same, the u.s. and russia. we have saudi arabia and we've got other parties talking about events in syria. let's talk about that now. any progress at all on trying to settle that, particularly the russian involvement, which has disturbed a number of people? >> reporter: well, it certainly would have been a very interesting confrontation between the foreign minister of russia, the united states, turkey and saudi arabia. all four absolute key players in the syrian disaster. all four militarily involved to different levels, and of course, the russians have really put themselves at the center there with a very bold and decisive
intervention in syria, although, of course, an intervention that has caused a great deal of mistrust and suspicion among the other three foreign ministers who would be meeting around the table. at the end of it all, well, it's constructive, of course, that they did manage to speak for several hours. john kerry's remarks were relatively upbeat. he said it can be a constructive meeting. the saudi foreign minister is less positive, i suppose, said that on this crucial issue the future of president assad, the syrian leader and where he would stand in a transition, they had not been able to reach agreement. how many times have we heard that throughout the last four disastrous years of war in syria? >> thank you, barnaby phillips, from vienna. you're watching the news hour. coming up on the program, the latest on the french crash where at least 40 pensioners were killed. plus, the biggest weekly
refugee influx to reach greece since the start of the year. stay with us if you can here on al jazeera. that's all coming up in a short while on al jazeera, but first the u.s. special envoy to yemen says the yemeni government and houthi rebels have agreed to the latest round of u.n.-backed talks to end the war there. >> we finally have an agreement between the government and the houthi to start a negotiation, and we are preparing very actively for the process. we will be soon announcing a location and date, but it will happen very soon. we hope that parties will come with optimal conditions and ready to negotiate in good faith and that there will be a
representative for the delegation to these talks. at least 20 people have been killed in two bomb attacks in nigeria in borneo state. no one has claimed responsibility, but borneo state is home to the group of boko haram. at least 17,000 have lost their lives at the hands of boko haram, and more than 2.5 million have lost their homes. police in the republic of congo face the main opposition leader under house arrest ahead of a controversial referendum on sunday. they protest about the plans by the president to keep his hands on power. we have the report. >> reporter: there's a tense atmosphere in the capital. police try to clean up streets and remove barricades left behind from anti-government protests. the capital seems quieter than usual. some have left the city ahead of sunday's referendum. there's a heavy security
presence in some opposition strongholds. >> they can all die, see? so i got fear. i want to restore peace, and the government is there to secure people. >> translator: the police come and shoot us and throw grenades. the people are oppressed. we need to find a solution to this problem. >> reporter: the opposition is protesting changes to the constitution. it has an age limit and says a president cannot run for a third term. the president is 72 years old and has already served two seven-year terms. government officials say the president has said nothing about trying to stay in power. >> he doesn't speak about this. i think it will be a subject perhaps in a few months. we have not in an election for presidency. it will come perhaps in may or
june of 2016. not yet. yet is for the constitution of the country. >> reporter: more protests are feared before sunday's referendum. some government buildings have been destroyed and this was a police station. opposition leaders are not giving up. the government officials suggest the referendum will go ahead of monday. the presidential election is due to be held in july next year. the proposed changes to the constitution will ultimately benefit the poor and strengthen people's rights, but many in the opposition don't believe them. 22 people we understand have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in pakistan. it was southern city of jacobabab. we have the story for you in the
pakistani capital of islamabad. what more can you tell us? >> reporter: this took place in the town of jacobabab, which is about 330 kilometerkilometers. it's a historic old city named after a major 19th century east india officer john jacobs. that shows us it's an old, congested town. we try to pick the target carefully. we targeted the procession, and it was marching through a very narrow alleyway 6 feet wide. that's when the suicide bomber struck. apparently 20 people were killed and 30 wounds. a state of emergency was declared in the hospital. the procession -- the people in the procession then turned violent. paramilitary forces were called to restore calm. >> okay. a bit of a problem with the line
there. for now, thank you very much indeed. more than 40 pensioners have been killed in a road crash in france. they were on a day trip by business. the bus got in an accident. emma heyward has more. >> reporter: in dense woodland the charred shell of the bus and truck. the coach has been entirely burned out. it was carrying a group of elderly people who just left a village a few kilometers away. they were going on a day trip. the crash happened on a bend in the road, which local people say is tricky to navigate. the bus and timber truck caught fire when they collided, leaving some passengers trapped. >> translator: the driver of an empty timber truck lost chrome of his vehicle. the vehicle blocked the road, and the bus arrived at that moment. the bus driver saw that the
accident was going to happen and did everything to avoid it but did not manage it. he managed to activate the opening the emergency doors to allow a few people to get out. >> reporter: the emergency services arrived by road and air. more than 40 people are now known to have perished in the fire. the french president called the accident an immense tragedy. france's prime minister has traveled to the scene to meet survivors and rescuers. >> translator: it's a terrible sthot for this area, a terrible shock for france. today france and the french people are in mourning. >> reporter: this is france's worst road accident for more than 30 years. an investigation into what caused it is now underway. emma heyward, al jazeera. still to come on the news hour, the latest on the sweden attack where a teacher and student were stabbed to death. claims that seven medical
south africa's government has been forced to back down on university fee increases after days of unrest involving students. the first time in six weeks restrictions on who can enter the al aqsa mosque compound in east jerusalem have been lifted. the mosque is at the heart of the violence in israel and the palestinian territories. in mexico now they're bracing for potentially catastrophic conditions as one of the biggest hurricanes on record bears down on the country's western coastline. indeed, john is joining us from guadalajara, mexico. they're going to get the brunt of this. half an hour, john, and we reckon purn hurricane patricia
will make landfall. what is coming your way? >> reporter: there's saying this is not just one of the biggest, it is the biggest hurricane recorded in the western hemisphere. that's the information that we've got here. so really the brunt of this is going to be when it makes landfall, and it makes landfall in between two big resort towns, maznania on one hand and puerto vallarta. it attracts a lot of international holiday makers. they're already evacuating. i think the airport is now closed in puerto vallarta. anyone stuck there is moving into shelters at the hotels and civil protection organizations organizing it there. there's not just the winds but huge waves that are going to wash up over the coastline. >> john, what do you hear from people about how well-prepared the authorities are for this in different places, whether it's manzania or puerto vallarta. how well are people being looked
after? >> reporter: mexico has the civil protection service they call it, and that's used for storms especially on the pacific coast. this hurricane season here, we always do have these huge tropical storms or hurricanes coming along. so they're already evacuating people. there's schools being used as shelters and people are told to basically batten down the hatches. although the resort towns are affected, you have to
>> jets were still circling up ahead before this happened. rescuers say the rocket was fired from a russian aircraft. activists and medical staff say russian jets have hit hospitals and a few clinics before. >> they don't probably do it deliberately, but they don't really care. what they're doing is if they have a target they think they need to hit, they're not worried about the collateral damage. they're hoping to accomplish other objectives and killing
innocent people. russia denies what it calls a fake accusation. they're patrolling the sky over homs on friday, looking at the vinylingages in the northern country side. the town was hit and leaving behind destruction and fear. many were killed and wounded. russian aircraft also strushg rebels reported to be in a fierce fight in areas north of homs. opposition fighters have killed a commander of a pro-government group. syrian state news agencies have made gains on homs clearing a number of villages in the countryside. russian war planes also struck aleppo's owner countryside destroying many homes and forcing the occupants to escape.
also was the province of raqqa, a stronghold of isil. they published pictures they say show the results of air strikes that killed a number of people. >> let's go to kathleen in washington, d.c. and talks on back on behalf of the syrian medical society. it was hit on tuesday. very good to have you on the news hour. how can you be sure this was a russian attack? >> thank you so much for having me. as was mentioned, civil defenders as well as field staff have identified this attack as being russian based on the aircraft as well as based on the flight formation and flight patterns and flight elevation. >> would you say that attacks of this sort have gone up since the russian campaign began? >> absolutely.
as you know, attacks through the use of barrel bombs and air strikes have been prevalent over the last few years, but since russia air strikes began, the increase of traditional air strikes through air-to-surface missiles and other forms of weapons have escalated drastically as well as drastic displacement that has also come. >> it's hideous that people are trying to treat the injured and the injured themselves are getting hurt in all of this. but what is your reason for thinking? why do you think the russians would be doing this? >> so, this army field hospital is a good example of classic field hospital. over the last four years it's been targeted and hit by air strikes 18 times. it's been relocated for security reasons five times with the first two buildings being
completely destroyed. >> i understand that. why do you think these attacks are being directed at medical facilities? >> so we see the attacks as a form of targeting of health care and a form of collective punishment by both the assad government as well as now the russian government. of targeting civilian-populated areas and then targeting the hospitals and individuals who treat those civilians. >> is the hospital where the staff now have dug underground and are working below the surface, sore is that another one? >> most hospitals at this point in syria are partially or entirely underground. this field hospital is partially underground, and we have numerous field hospitals that operate in basements and in caves completely under the ground. >> cat looen, i have a piece of paper that says the physicians for human rights group says that there have been more than 300
attacks on medical facilities since this all started and the deaths of 679 medical personnel in syria. it must be almost impossible to get the right people and persuade them to work in such dangerous conditions. >> well, honestly, the heroic medical personnel that remain in syria, they risk their lives every day right before coming over to the al jazeera studio, i spoke to the director of this hospital. he said that every day in the hospital felt like sitting on a bomb just waiting for it to explode. syria is the most dangerous place in the world to be a doctor, and those who stay are truly heroes. >> well, thank you very much indeed. kathleen fallon from sams, the syrian american medical society. thank you very much. more refugees have arrived in greece this particular week
than any other week this year. the international organization of migration says 48,000 reached greek territory in just five days from october 21st. the total now arriving in europe across the med is 681,000 since the start of the year. more and more are also dying on the crossing. 18 refugees lost their lives apparently since monday in the east of the mediterranean. slovenia's prime minister is calling for close coordination between eu member states on the refugee crisis. as many as 50,000 have entered that tiny country since last saturday. robin is in the slovenia town with this report. >> reporter: another leg for another thousand or more wary refugees, and another never ending ordeal. >> we are so tired. we are suffering from this. >> reporter: ali from iraq
wanted to make one thing clear. he isn't here by choice. >> i'm not proud to leave my country. i love my country. we are afraid of the militias. >> reporter: you can see from the ground that this is a well-worn route. these are just the latest refugees to arrive in slovenia, and the numbers keep on coming. that is a burden slovenia says it cannot bear without eu money, manpower and mutual agreement. slovenian police have released this video showing the croatian authorities leading refugees towards an illegal border crossing. slovenia's prime minister is frustrated. >> they send people to us. they do not tell us where they would send those people. they just push them through the border unexpectedly. sometimes they're not in very good condition, and this is very
hard for us. >> reporter: with the prime minister's visit, efficiency returns to the camp on friday. refugees were registered and transported later on for them to continue their journey towards the austrian border. there the system fails again. there are no buses, so down came the fence and the uncontrolled exodus continues. police in sweden say an attack at a school that left a teacher and pup pupil dead were rationally motivated. most are from immigrant families, and they say the suspect's social media account showed he had extreme right wing tendencies. he was shot by police and died in hospital later. argentinians vote in presidential elections on sunday. one of the main concerns for
them is the dramatic rise in drug-related crimes. we have visited a major cross roads for the drug traffickers and sent this report from rosario in northern argentina. >> reporter: argentinian military police patrolling a slum in the city of rosario. three hours away from the capital, rosario has become a major transit point for drugs. this commander is in charge of the operation. he says that drug gangs have taken control of entire areas of the city turning it into one of the most violent in the country. >> translator: the problem we had here is that there were some bunkers filled with drugs in protection in some cases by local authorities. we did over 90 raids to destroy the bunkers. the situation has improved with the presence of federal forces. >> reporter: the fight against cartels continues in other parts of region, but drug traffickers
have tried to find alternative routes to export drugs, and that's one of the reasons why in argentina drug-trafficking related crimes have spiked in the last years. >> translator: argentina has gone from being a transit point to a producer. that has changed the dynamic of the crime. narco now fights to control territory there. >> reporter: she produces paco to make a living. she mixes acetone, arsenic and kerosene into the mix. each dose costs around 50 cents a dollar. >> translator: this is what generates more money, because it's very cheap but we sell a lot. lots and lots of people are doing this in the slums. there are more laboratories, so it's not difficult to get. >> reporter: it's so addictive that it is estimated consumption has increased 200% in the last year. paco is produced with cocaine paste. the fact that so much paco is
available these days shows that cocaine laboratories have spread in argentina in the last year. this is the security secretary. he said argentina's challenge to fight drug trafficking rings is getting more difficult every day. >> translator: we're trying to prevent the creation of cartels like the ones we see in venezuela and brazil. we don't to see what happened when the united states implemented plan dlufrp ya with 200,000 people killed in mechanic co-. we don't want those consequences. >> reporter: with elections a few days away, drug trafficking and its effects in argentina have become a major issue. as people here are trying to cope with this growing threat. we're going to show you the softer side of the state in a moment. china's president a long time man united fan gets the vip
here's sport with robin. we're less than 24 hours away from the semifinals in the rugby world cup. the headline act is the champions. >> south africa have had their last run around ahead of saturday's match, and they hope to be back here in a week's time for the final. the captain says their opening
loss to japan was a humbling experience, and the spring box have treated every game since as a must-win. >> obviously, it's the biggest game of my life and scott's life, and we've been around quite a bit. yeah, we're obviously on, and it's not go good enough to be in the semifinals. we want to get into the final. >> opposing halfback said he is someone he idolized when he was younger, and it's part of new zealand's game plan to shut him down. >> he's leading by example by the way he plays. so it's always exciting. this match-up is always a bit difrjt. it's not about, sort of smashing it like other positions can be but it's more about how you get your team around the puck. we've identified him as a key figure. >> where it is about smash and bash is in the loose fords.
it's in the third world cup and in the match-up again against new zealand is seen as crucial for the final outcome of the match. >> we've become good mates. we played against each other since 2003, i think. there's been a few contests, and unfortunately i've been on the losing end many times. hopefully for me we can get a win over them tomorrow and it will give me some bragging rights for future days to come, because it's the last time we will play against each other. >> another key area is on the wing with the tournament's leading scorer with 8. he's once again expected to have a big influence. as is spring box brian, he needs to cross the line one more time to take his tally to 16 and become the top all-time tri-scorer.
the first indigenous games get underway in the next three hours in brazil. it brings toast ethnic groups 24 countries across the globe. the ceremony got proceedings underway. they will take part in ten sports orr the next ten days like running, swimming, wrestling and football. they're more traditional sports on the schedule including a native north american form of football played with a head alone rather than the feet. let's get the latest now from veronica lopez at the games. >> reporter: we're just hours away from the inauguration of the first ever world indigenous games. we spoke to the organizers here that emphasized this isn't your traditional sporting event not only because you don't see the traditional competitive side that olympic games might have, bullet also because there's a strong emphasis on the indigenous people exchanging a lot of ideas like solving
problems like alcoholism and prostitution as well as showcasing other different cultural manifestations and dances and religions. people here are very excited. president rousseff will appear at the inauguration, which doesn't come out with its fair degree of controversy. overall the sense is this is a unique opportunity for people from around the world as far away as china and russia to come together and exchange ideas and, again, to showcase their cultural manifestations to the world. five world records were broken on the para-athletic champions in doha. the first time the event is held in the middle east. we have the report. >> reporter: he isn't just getting ready to compete in these para-athletic championships. the thrower and shot putter is expecting to win medals both here in doha and at next year's rio's paralympics.
a world record holder in his category hopes his efforts will inspire others. >> translator: my aim is to encourage more youngsters to take up sport. i want to be an example. nothing has stopped me. in fact, my disability is a motivation for me to try harder. >> reporter: this is the first time it's been held in the middle east and only the second time outside the europe. organizers see this as a natural step in their efforts to normalize attitudes towards p a para-athletics around the world, a platform for the competitors to show what they can rather than cannot do. those working in this region to promote equal opportunities in all aspects of life say the fight for acceptance is still ongoing. >> people with disabilities in the arab world face tremendous obstacles, whether it's at school or in the workplace or getting around in their neighborhoods and communities
and most importantly they face tremendous obstacles in the way that people perceive their disability. >> reporter: the efforts to remove those obstacles is one local organizers hope can be accelerated by these championships. >> i think in our society there is awareness for this, but we need to make it for sure. we need to make it official. we need to let the people know that they can be champions. they can be trainers and they can be efficient and be anything. >> for peoples with disabilities to be included in the same sentence or con sement as super athletes like usain bolt or others is a real powerful vehicle for changing the way people perceive disability. >> reporter: after his medal-winning exploits, it's one more example of what can be achieved. andy richardson, al jazeera, doha.
china's president is a self-confessed manchester united fan, but he went to visit the rival. some caught it naughty. as part of the tour, he was accompanied by british prime minister david cameron for a look at the facilities. he even took time to pose for a photo and paid a visit to the english football hall of fame. jihi took his place for scoring three goals. that's your ort. back to david and the rest of the news hour. >> robin, it could have been man united and it could have been a deacceptable bowl of fish and chips instead of those designer one in a basket they gave the poor bloke. that's just about it from me and the news hour team. the news continues here on al jazeera as we bid you good night and thank you for watching. it's time to welcome julia