Skip to main content

tv   News  Al Jazeera  October 29, 2015 11:00am-12:01pm EDT

11:00 am
on the campaign trial raising funds for his party. [ applause ] ♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. hello and welcome to the news hour, i'm sami zeidan in doha. china abolishes its decade's old one-child policy. paul ryan is elected as speaker of the house. no time to be lost, iran's foreign minister says he wants talks with the u.s. this evening on syria's future. >> move! move! >> okay.
11:01 am
oak. >> reporter: hopes fade for finding refugees missing off the coast of greece. the kansas city royals go 2-0 up in baseball's world series. ♪ china has announced the end of its one-child policy. the government says all couples will be allowed two children. as bob mcbride reports, it could take years to address the imbalance. >> the announcement came at the end of the communist party's four-day gathering of its leadership. the strategy sets brood economic goals for china's developments.
11:02 am
it had already been partially relaxed, allowing families where at least one parent is from a one-child family themselves to have two children. now that is being extended to all couples. >> the importance of the measure is not so much demographic in terms of encouraging vast new numbers of children to be born, but it is the lifting of a highly restrictive and at times coercive policy. >> reporter: a number of couples like this couple, haven't decided to have another child. for them careers and living costs in beijing are the priority. >> my wife and i don't have any plans to -- for the second child. >> reporter: their 7-year-old son, henry, though is in no
11:03 am
doubt. he wants a sibling. >> i want a sister. >> reporter: as well as the social and relationship problems associated with a generation of one-child families is the longer term demographic imbalance. there is a growing number of elderly people who need to be supported. a one-child policy put in place more than 30 years ago to avoid a population crisis, has to be abandoned to avoid another in the future. golden change is the author of the coming collapse of china and columnist at is this the answer to some of the challenges that china faces? >> i don't think it will be. demographic change takes place over a long period of time. china faces challenges right now. they are in a period of accelerated demographic decline.
11:04 am
perhaps the most unusual in world history in the absence of pestilence, famine, and war, so i think there is a real problem here. as your piece pointed out, this is all baked into chinese society now because more than 30 years of very coercive mechanisms and propaganda, so this is too little, too late. >> was the policy simply a failure, or just left too long? >> probably both. by the time that the policy was put in place, china's total fertility rate was 2.9 and declining fast. they really didn't need to have this coercive policy put in place. and really it has been left in place much too long. it has -- as i mentioned really changed social attitudes, and now people don't want to have a second child, and even if they do, you know, you are only going
11:05 am
to have maybe a million more births per year, in china that is not going to make much of a difference. and it will worsen their dependency issue for at least 15 years. it's no coincidence there was announced during the fifth [ inaudible ] looking at the 5-year plan. china's problems, though, are immediate. >> is there anything that china can do to avoid some of those problems? >> well, there are things that they could do, but the effects will not be felt for at least 15 years, so i think it's really, at this point, there's nothing that they can really do that would have a practical effect. demography, once it starts to work against a country, it's very difficult to change. and we have seen that in other
11:06 am
country in southeast asia. they are going to sort of join the ranks of countries like singapore, japan, and russia, where demographic collapse is a real possibility. >> thanks for your forecast and analysis on that. >> thank you. russia's deputy foreign minister says his country has held talks with the syrian opposition. his comments come as international discussions begin in vienna about the war in syria. u.s. secretary of state john kerry says the challenge is nothing less than a charter course out of hell. mohammed jamjoom has the latest, live from vienna. what is coming out of that mighting tonight? >> reporter: sami, as you mention, that quote from john kerry really very telling as far as how difficult these talks are anticipated to be. we're still awaiting the arrival
11:07 am
of the russians, and the iranians. in fact, iranian foreign minister was supposed to come in tomorrow. we're told there are reports he has landed in vienna and should be arriving here at the hotel behind us very shortly, that there will be a bilateral meeting between him and u.s. secretary of state john kerry. this is a very interesting development, because today was supposed to be a day of bilaterals between the four primary sponsors of these talks, the u.s., russia, turkey, and saudi arabia. tomorrow was supposed to be the big day that iran was going to make an appearance. the first time, in fact, that iran has made an appearance, been invited to make an an peer -- appearance, really going to show how much things have changed in the last few months especially after the iranian nuclear deal was signed. we're expecting more delegations
11:08 am
will be arriving here in the hours to come. we have not heard that any bilateral meetings have started taking place as of yet. really today and this evening it is supposed to be a setting of the stage for tomorrow's talks. that will be the day when we see if indeed these nations will actually be able to effect some kind of compromise. sami. >> the russians saying they started meeting with members of the syrian opposition. do we have any sense or idea of what sort of plan may being put together at this stage? >> reporter: no, it's really unclear as of yet. it's very interesting that the russians are stating this now. obviously the russians over the course of the past month they have taken a much more central role and bigger involvement when it comes to syria. of course they are carrying out air strikes in syria, bolster's bashar al-assad's regime.
11:09 am
now they are stating that they are involved in talks, negotiations with the opposition. one of the key things that will unfold tomorrow is whether or not the parties that are here will actually be able to get syrian president bashar al-assad and members of the opposition to talk to one another. now we heard reports that members of the syrian opposition had stated to the media earlier that they had not been invited to the conference, that they were upset because of that. but every time in the past that there have been these types of negotiations, there has been no kind of solution. it has made no tangible difference on the ground in syria. even today and the run up on day one of these talks, there are still reports of bombings going on in various parts of syria, by the russian air force as well, so these are very delicate difficult talks. the fact that the syrian regime
11:10 am
and syrian opvision are not involved in these talks really shows how difficult it is going to be for all of the participants. republican paul ryan has been elected to one of the biggest jobs in the u.s. politics. just a few minutes ago he became the new speaker of the u.s. house of representatives, that's the lower house of the u.s. congress. kimberly halkett joins us from capitol hill. i understand it has been smiles today there, but what sort of task because paul ryan face tomorrow? >> reporter: he has a pretty big job ahead. you are right, all smiles right now. we are stating for paul ryan, the 54th speaker of the u.s. congress to speak. that should happen in just a moment. but as you point out, lots of land clapping and praising, but tomorrow the work really begins, to try to repair an era of divisiveness, and deep policy
11:11 am
differences that have paralyzed this legislative body on capitol hill for many, many years now. many believe that paul ryan is the one that can change the tone. he needs to reach across the aisle, and work with democrats in order to try to pass legislation. so paul ryan has received an awful lot of praise in recent minutes as we hear from democrats -- >> sorry, kimberly, i'm going to jump in now, because we understand that paul ryan is speaking now. let's listen in. >> -- for being here today. i have my mom betty, my sister janet, my brothers stan and tobin, and more cousins that i can count on a few hands. [ laughter ]. [ applause ] >> thank you.
11:12 am
>> most important, i want to recognize my wife janna, and our children, liza, charlie, and sam. [ cheers and applause ]. >> hi, guys. [ applause ] >> i also want to thank speaker boehner for almost five years he lead this house. for nearly 25 years he served it. not many people can match his accomplishments, the offices he
11:13 am
held, the laws he passed. but what really sets john apart is he's a man of character, a true class act. he is without a question the gentlemen from ohio, so please join me in saying one last time, thank you speaker boehner. [ applause ] >> now i know how he felt. [ laughter ]. >> it's not until you hold this
11:14 am
gavel, stand in this spot, look out and see all of the members of this house, as if all of america is sitting right in front of you. it's not until then that you feel it. the weight of responsibility, the gravity of the moment. you know, as i stand here, i can't help but think of something harry truman once said. the day after franklin roosevelt died truman became president and he told a group of reporters, if you ever pray, pray for me now. when they told me yesterday what had happened, i felt like the moon, the stars, and all of the planets had fallen on me. >> paul ryan there as we takes over an important job. the speaker of the lower house of the u.s. congress. that's the legislative body of the united states of america. kimberly halkett is with us. he is going to need all of the
11:15 am
prayers he can get, because what he faces the challenge of how to be -- how to present a more united lower house of the congress, right? and face that dead lock which has plagued congress over the last year or so. >> reporter: sami you are absolutely right. we have to remember the reason there is even this nomination election process is because there is a group of republicans that are sort of further right known as the freedom caucus that forced out the previous speaker that you saw paul ryan acknowledging there, speaker john boehner. so he is going to have to work to try to bring those republicans that don't necessarily see eye-to-eye with members within their own party. he is going to have to try to unite them as well as the democrats in order to try to get things done. and you heard him acknowledging there that even he believes that it may take a little bit of prayer in order to try to fix what he calls a process -- he calls -- a day or two ago he
11:16 am
said the process stinks. that many in the united states have lost faith with how congress works. and he believes he is up to the challenge to restore it. >> remind our international viewers why this story counts, and why any deadlock in the congress is not only an american story, that can have implications arrange the world, right? >> reporter: indeed, this is a body that is making enormous financial policy decisions. there are votes about how much defense spending will be allocated, what kinds of weapons, just how much money will be spending, foreign assistance, all of this comes through the legislative body and effects the entire world. so this is an enormous amount of responsibility he is holding. and the speaker of the house of representatives is third in line to the white house, right after the vice president.
11:17 am
so this is an enormous responsibility. he believes he is up to it. he is known as an idea's guy. he was elected at a very young age. at the age of 28. he has been serving for 17 years. he has already held leadership positions. running very powerful committees, including a budget committee. but there do seem to be some cracks emerges despite the smiles we're seeing. there has been discuss whether or not he'll take up immigration reform. he says that he won't do it in the short-term, and that's certain to upset many democrats, so already we can see there is a difficult challenge ahead. >> all right. thanks so much, kimberly halkett there. stay with us here on al jazeera, because still to come, the european parliament honors a saudi blogger jailed for his posts.
11:18 am
i'm in kenya where these corn husks are being turned into kilowatts of electricity. we deserve to have a 2022 world cup. qatar's official speaks up in support of the 2022 world cup. that's coming up in sports. ♪ the greek coast gua is still trying to find 38 people missing from a boat that sank off of the island of lesvos. three people were confirmed dead. john psaropoulos has more. >> reporter: for these survivors a life in europe may become reality, but it comes at a high cost. dozens of their fellow passengers may never be found, and a further dozen children at
11:19 am
the hospital are not yet out of danger. three coast guard else haves and two helicopters were still looking for survivors, and fishermen joined the search on thursday, but anger runs high on the island at the disregard for human life. >> those people who [ inaudible ] those people that came yesterday in the island. they are criminals. they just get money to put those people on boats to get to -- to be dead. >> reporter: survivors say the boat capsized when its overcrowded upper deck collapsed on to the people below, their smugglers had already been taken off of the boat, and they were left to steer by themselves in 60 kilometer an hour winds. people donated clothes and some put refugees up overnight in their homes. but the grim post-script is likely to be more bodies, not more survivors.
11:20 am
john psaropoulos, al jazeera, on the island of lesvos. overhalf a million refugees and migrants have crossed the mediterranean in the past six months most from syria. but europe's refugee crisis is dwarfed by that of its neighbors. turkey has the largest number by far, hosting over 2 million. over a million are in lebanon. in jordan, iraq, and egypt, all of them have refugees in the hundreds of thousands. we're joined by the u.n. refugee agency spokesperson. >> we believe that the international community failed to provide a political solution for the conflict in syria, and these left people behind. we're talking about 7.6 million displaced people inside syria, and with 4 million in other countries.
11:21 am
now what we're expecting from those people and the lack of hope and support just to find an opportunity for life and dignity somewhere else. this is why they gave their life in the hands of smugglers who don't have any mercy in trading their suffering, in dangerous and risky routes in the mediterranean. in this year alone, we witnessed over 3,000 people either dead or missing. trying to reach europe. we're talking about refugees, women, pregnant women, kids, children. those people are human beings at the end of the day, and they are entitled for life and dignity. tanzania's ruling party has won the election. the ruling party took 58% of the vote. but the opposition have made occasions of false reporting.
11:22 am
>> reporter: john magufuli has a little over 8.8 million votes over his rival. 15 million people of about 23 million registered voters voted. but this is a very controversial election, magufuli has been leading significantly. but the main opposition coalition has rejected this, saying what has been announced does not tally with figures they have from polling stations. officials of the position coalition have been in crisis meetings and we're waiting to see what their next move is. they say they want peace. they don't want trouble, but they also say that you cannot talk about peace without justice. a man held in guantanamo bay has been released. he spent 13 years behind bars.
11:23 am
the 45-year-old is alleged to have fought in afghanistan against the u.s.-backed alliance. there are still 13 people being held in guantanamo bay. activists groups say isil has abducted 48 people in mosul who worked with the media since june last year. that's when the group took over iraq's second city. at least 13 have been executed. saudi blogger has won the european union's prize for human rights. he is in a saudi jail sentenced to ten years and 100 lashes for content on his website. charlie angela reports. >> reporter: the sakharov prize this year will go to the saudi arabia blogger raf badoui.
11:24 am
i call on the saudi arabia king to immediately release him so he can accept the prize. [ applause ] >> reporter: a standing ovation for the 31-year-old who's online writing is about free speech, and met with a jail sentence and public blogging. he was convicted for insulting islam after he criticized senior religious figures. following death threats his wife and three children fled saudi arabia. now living in canada, they campaign for his release. >> translator: i'm sure he will be happy, because such prizes have an effect on his psychological well-being, and we hope it will have an impact on his case. he is in a very bad psychological and physical situation. he has been jailed for three years away from his kids and family. he has been flogged in a public
11:25 am
place. he has a ten-year prison sentence, a 10-year travel ban. the remaining 950 lashes have been posted as his wounds were slow to heal. his wife says the lashings could resume immediately. but he suffers from hypertension and may not survive. there have been protests outside saudi embassies and demonstrations, but little criticism from western governments. they say this will shine a light on saudi arabia's human rights record, and be a blow to its image. >> there are people who recognize this is a very bad move twha what they are doing to him and other political pilsners, -- prisoners. >> reporter: the prize is award
11:26 am
to people for their fight for rights to human democracy. but it's unlikely he will be free to receive the prize in person in december. still ahead on al jazeera, israeli forces shoot dead two palestinian men in the occupied west bank in the latest violence. and we'll tell you about the golfer who has sunk his second hole in one in two months. richard will have all of the details later this hour. ♪
11:27 am
11:28 am
>> welcome to al jazeera america.
11:29 am
more reporters, more stories, more perspective. >> from our award-winning news teams across america and beyond. >> we've got global news covered. welcome back. let's recap the headlines now. china has abolished its one-child policy. china is calling it a proactive response to the aging population. hopes are fading for dozens of people still missing after a boat sank off of the island of lesv
11:30 am
lesvos. republican paul ryan has been elected the new speaker of the u.s. house of representatives. he said the house was broken and it added to americas problems. talks are takes place between the u.s. and iran tonight in ga knee da. mohammed jamjoom reports. >> reporter: this is the town after it was hit by an air strike. many streets and thousands of syrian civilians face this every day. this attack between obligation rebels, government forces dropping barrel bombs and u.s. and russian planes in the sky above them. u.s., turkey, and other gulf states support opposition rebels. they have been fighting the syrian government backed by iran, russia, and hezbollah.
11:31 am
the government makes little distinction between opposition and isil. the u.s. has been demanding president obama assault step down nflt it is supporting some rebels that it considers i dee logically moderate. saudi arabia insists bashar al-assad must go or be removed by force. it assists syrian rebels and has been calling for safe zones along the turkish border. a position that turkey supports. iran is providing military and financial assistance to the syrian government. large parts of syria and its economy have been destroyed. hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and millions wounded and displaced in a conflict that is now in its fifth year. there is cautious optimism about the direct talks in vienna, which includes iran for the
11:32 am
first time. all sides agree at least in public that continuing to fight is not the solution. >> the view of our partners in this was that we should test the intentions of the iranians and the russians about their seriousness in arriving at a political solution in syria, which we all prefer. >> translator: iran's stance on syria has not changed. from day one of this conflict, imposed on syrian people, we have always said that the solution lies in political solution found through negotiations. >> reporter: this syrian child tells its crying mother, don't worry, it's just a little blood. millions of other syrians can only hope there is an end to all of the bloodshed. earlier i spoke to a middle east analyst. she told us the syrian crisis won't be over any time soon.
11:33 am
>> the ultimate aim is to kind a solution to this crisis, but i think this is going to take a very long time to be achieved. it's a very good start that we have iran involved in these talks, but we have to remember these talks are different from what we saw in geneva last time the international community met to talk about syria, because back then, the stakeholders, almost all of them thought that they could win this war. the russians thought they had the upper hand. the syrian regime thought it could win. saudi arabia thought it could overwhelm the regime. now everybody has realized that the syrian crisis cannot be won militarily. and this brings a new dynamic to the negotiations, but it doesn't mean the solution will happen soon. the progress that has happened has been the declaration by the united states that bashar al-assad's position should not
11:34 am
be decided before the negotiations. it should be decided during the negotiations. this is something that had been a problem in the past because saudi arabia and the u.s. used to say we will not enter any agreement unless we are guaranteed that bashar al-assad will go before we negotiate anything else. so i think everybody is being a bit more pragmatic now, and a bit more realistic, and the common ground of course that they all have remains isis but i don't think that's the primary motivation for these talks. unfortunately the syrian opposition does not really have a presence at this meeting, and this is the stark reality of the syrian conflict today, that the fate of syria is primarily decided by external stakeholders. however, the syrian opposition should have a say, because ultimately this is about their country, and i think they should be involved in the next stage of the negotiation but although
11:35 am
they say they will not accept any solution that remains assad in power, i think iran and russia are ultimately going to use bashar al-assad himself as a bargaining chip in the negotiations and will be ready to sacrifice him if they can guarantee their interests to be maintained through a transitional government in syria. israeli forces have shot dead two palestinians after separate attacks in hebron in the occupied west bank. the israeli military says that in both incidents the palestinians stabbed israeli soldiers. one serviceman suffered minor head injuries. >> reporter: once again there are conflicting narratives over the shooting dead of a palestinian in the occupied west bank. on thursday, a man in his 20s was shot dead in hebron. it came between the jewish settlements and the mosque in the center of town.
11:36 am
the israeli army is saying that he had stabbed a soldier before he was shot dead, whereas palestinian witnesses in the city are saying that he had crossed a check point and had actually walked some distance before he was shot at close distance. this is not the first time that we have heard these conflicting narratives, and in many cases, palestinians locally claim that the israeli army, or the israeli police have in fact had weapons, in many cases knives, falsely so suggest that there has been aggression before they were shot dead. hebron is a very tense place at the best of times with a few hundred israeli settlers living among many, many thousands of palestinian residents who have
11:37 am
their movement severely restricted. hebron is also where many families are angry because the bodies of their love ones who have died in the latest up surge of violence have not been returned by the israeli authorities, and that remains something that is causing a lot of anger on the streets. qatar's foreign minister is warning that some of the worst violence between israelis and palestinians may will yet to come. he was speaking in a part of the program "up front." >> you are offending 1.5 billion muslims when you are talking about the al-aqsa mosque in palestinian. and we have raised the flag before. we have raised the flag, saying that it's very dangerous that the west bank started a third intifada. >> do you believe this is a third intee a few da? >> i believe so.
11:38 am
if the settlement in still spreading we will see one of the worst intifada. >> you can hear that full interview on friday, the 13th of october at 1930 gmt. turks go to the polls again on sunday after june's election failed to find an overall winner. after renewed fighting, the election outcome may not be that much different. >> reporter: for the second time in five months turkish politicians are out looking for votes, but campaigning this time around is more subdued. this man is second in command of the secular opposition republican people's party. along with the prokurdish hdp, both parties have canceled their rallies because of security
11:39 am
fears. >> translator: the climate is not right to stage rallies. these are not ordinary times. can you imagine [ inaudible ] a big rally when we could have newed of martyrs and deaths. >> reporter: earlier this month, the worst attack in turkish history killed 102 people when two suicide bombers attacked a peace rally. but the political parties couldn't even unite for a period of mourning. it was one of three attacks in a violent five months. 37 people died in bombings at two other public gatherings, and a ceasefire has broken down between the government and pkk kurdish separatists. more than 300 civilians and security personnel have been killed. >> translator: for the first
11:40 am
time in 13 years we see terror and security moving up to be the main issue before the elections. the economy is still important, but it's not the main issue anymore. >> reporter: despite everything that has happened, the latest poll suggests that the results could be broadly similar to june's election, which means the coalition government looks inevitable. there areless than 5% of the voters who are undecided. so turkey looks like an increasingly polarized country. political views are entrenched. the only things turks seem to be able to agree on is that they have never been more divided. the united nations is accusing north korea of sending its citizens abroad to work as slave laborers. a report by the special repertoire on human rights found the government earning up to
11:41 am
$2.3 billion from the trade. more than 50,000 north korean workers are employed in foreign countries. south korea's highest court has jailed the head of a ferry operator for seven years. more than 300 people died, most of them teenagers when the ferry sank last year. the supreme court upheld the conviction on charges including manslaught manslaughter. a new report from the world health organization said last year more people died from ta bush low sis than aids. >> reporter: every day, nearly 4.5 thousand people die from ta bushing low sis.
11:42 am
t significant progress has been made tackling tb, mortality rates have nearly halved in the last 12 years. worldwide 9.6 million are estimated to have fallen ill with tb in 2014. china and indonesia each registered 10% of tb patients. the disease killed 1.5 million people last year, hiv aids killed 1.2 million. because tb can be treated and cured, the world health organization calls these deaths unacceptable. >> for whatever reason this is being a disease of the poorest among the poor, it is often neglected. more than 95% of people with tb can be cured, theoretically. so it's an issue of strategy, planning, and financing for the
11:43 am
interventions. >> reporter: the w.h.o. is appealing for $3 billion for treatment, research and development. it hopes to close the gap in detec detecti detection. the focus now is on the most vulnerable communities to be first in line when it comes to treatment, not last. gerald tan al jazeera. deutsche bank has announced it is going to cut 15,000 jobs, this becomes after they announced the third quarter loss of 6 billion euros. it is being billed as the most ambitious trade and diplomacy event in india and africa in decades. but there's controversy over the president of the sudanese
11:44 am
president who is wanted by the international criminal court for war crimes. >> reporter: this summit is all about the kinds of things that india wants from resource rich nations across the african can'ting innocent, and the kinds of things that africa's economies need from an powerhouse like india. there are nations like nigeria, sudan, that have the energy resources like oil that india needs to continue along a path of high economic growth. india has expertise and human resources that emerging nations desperately need. india has been building these expertise for many, many years. however, it is approaching the continent in a different way than china. china has focused on public work, and india is looking to play a more institution-building
11:45 am
role, focusing on education, on providing the pharmaceuticals, as healthcare sectors open up across the continent. this is a mutually beneficial relationship. it is one that india is keen to grow particularly given the global economic climate. and one that many african nations are looking to encourage. the first biogas power plant has come online in kenya. the $6.5 million plant will consume tons of organic waste sourced from a neighboring farm. >> reporter: peter and his family never had electricity before. but the connection cost in kenya correctly came down, so he has finally paid to get power, and everyone is excited. >> translator: i am very happy. i have waited for so long. there has been power in this neighborhood since 1985, but
11:46 am
before i just couldn't afford it. >> reporter: it's among a steadily growing number of households connecting to lek tries if i. the growing demand is being met by various sources. just across town there's a new one. these corn husks and broccoli leaves are feeding a biogas power plant. the first in africa to put electricity into a national grid. the farm waste is mixed with water and bacteria which comes from the insides of cows stomachs bought from a local slaughter house. next it spends a day inside this tank before being pumped into the digester. this dome contains the gas collected there, and then temperatured to a power station over year. and the liquid and solid waste goes into this tank where it is turned into compost and then taken back to the farms to be used as fertilizer. the farms use about half of the
11:47 am
electricity generated here. a neighboring farm has shares in the power station. the owner hopes in six years they can make back the plant's cost of nearly $7 million. >> it's the lower the tariffs in kenya for electricity, but in our case half is for our own consumption, and this helps the economics. >> reporter: it's a tiny part of the electricity that kenya uses and about three-quarters of the population still didn't afford it. there's a long way to go, but this is among the families that now can. and they are delighted. m stay with us here on al jazeera, still to come, bursting with life, why flowers have begun to bloom in a desert in
11:48 am
chile. and family's new rookie makes an impact on his nba debut. richard has all of the details. ♪
11:49 am
one of the world's driest places has burst into bloom. a chilean desert has been transformed after rare august rain. >> reporter: a carpet of color spread over an arid land. chile's desert has sprung to life, the most spectacular growth seen in nearly two
11:50 am
decades. >> translator: we have not had such a large flowering in the past 18 years. in 2010 he had a large flowering. this life comes from tragedy. torrential storms devastated the region in august, caused mud slides and rivers were so swollen they burst their banks. 28 people died. but the rains have watered the seeds of more than 200 different exsattic plants. they have attracted birds, insects, lizards, and rodents. for some locals, it's an unforgettable experience. >> translator: for us it was a miracle, because i had never seen what the grass looks like until now. >> reporter: and it's fascinating tourists. >> it's so unusual. it's surreal. i'm having breakfast with the
11:51 am
flowers. >> reporter: they will eventually die, as the dry heat soaks up the remaining ground water. until then the desert is bursting with life. all right time to catch up with all of the sports news with richard. >> thanks a lot, sammy. it has been three decades since kansas city last won's world series. but they are part of the way there. >> reporter: less than 19 hours after completing the longest opening game in history, the royals and mets were back at the stadium, the fatigue perhaps evident as it took until the 4th inning to get the first run of the board. it would be the last of the mets scoring as the royals took charge. four runs secured in the 5th
11:52 am
inning alone. >> into right center! over to third is morales, and it's 4-1. >> reporter: but the batters were the mere warmup for johnny cueto who stole the show. strikeouts in the 6th and 7th inning, on his way to throw a complete game since 1991. giving up just two hits along the way. and with an rbi triple at the bottom of the 8th, kansas city went 7-1 up. >> he scores! escobar! they just keep coming! >> reporter: fittingly it was left to cueto to wrap up the game. >> right field. how about cueto royals up 2-1.
11:53 am
>> he loves our fans. he feeds off of their energy, and i just felt very, very strongly that he was going to put up a great performance, and he did. >> reporter: game 3 is scheduled for new york on friday. qatar's foreign minister has defended his country as hosts of the 2022 world cup. in an interview with al jazeera, it comes after suspended fifa president sepp blatter claiming the event was supposed to go to the united states in a prearranged deal. >> what do you say to them stripping us of the world cup. >> i want to see his face when we host the 2022. i said this before, and i'll keep saying this, and we deserve to have a 2022 world cup in
11:54 am
qatar and in arabic state. the arabic region needs such a tournament for the youth of the arab region, and i think we deserve to have one. >> you can see that full interview with qatar's foreign minister on "up front." that's at 1930 gmt on friday. the world anti-doping agency has pledged to increase sanctions against athletes who dope. they have been co-hosting a convention with the unesco in a bid to tackle the issue. >> reporter: it has been another difficult year for the reputation of sport. in the summer leaked documents suggested widespread use of illegal substances at the elite level. the main competitor to usain bolt at the world championships
11:55 am
was justin gatlin. two days ago tait smith, the australian kayaker was banned for two years. the latest battle ground is here in paris. at a conference here, governments from around the world will show how they are implementing anti-doping regulations such as this year's increase of a ban from two years to four years. in an advisory world is the world anti-doping authority. we asked the director, what he would say to people who are fatigued? >> i don't think there is a way of getting rid of every rotten apple in a barrel. you are going to get people who take shortcuts. >> reporter: some countries have made doping in sport a criminal offense. here at this conference is romania's 1996 olympic fencing champion. she says criminal conviction is
11:56 am
not right. >> you don't kill someone, it is only their fault. >> reporter: it may be too much to rope that the rio olympics are completely clean, but delegates here hope they can at least minimize the number of cheats on the podium. the miami heat have started out winning. they failed to make the post season in their last campaign. but the hornets are a team they had beaten 13 times in a row. chris bosh top scorer with 21 points, as the heat won it 104-94. now a group of demonstrators has forced events to be
11:57 am
postponed at the world indigenous games in brazil. a group of native brazilians disrupted the 100-meter dash. they were protesting land rights for indigenous people within the country. organizers had no choice but to halt the day's events. the games run until sunday. some golfers may never get a hole in one, but scott brown has now sunk two in two months. the latest one comes at the malaysia classic. brown held a par for the 15th. that's the third of his career. he won a brand new sports car as a prize, but he is skill second. stay with us here on al jazeera, because we have a another full bulletin of news
11:58 am
coming up in just a couple of minutes with lauren. see you in a bit. ♪
11:59 am
>> i've been asked to keep my voice down cause we are so close to the isil position >> who is in charge, and are they going to be held to accout? >> but know we're following the research team into the fire >> they're learning how to practice democracy... >> ...just seen tear gas being thrown... >> ...glad sombody care about us man... >> several human workers were kidnapped... >> this is what's left of the hospital >> is a crime that's under reported... >> what do you think... >> we're making history right now... >> al jazeera america >> bold... >> he took two m-16's, and he crawled... >> brave... >> what you gotta do... >> then betrayed... >> why do you think you didn't get the medal of honor? >> a lifetime without the honor they deserved... >> some say that it was discrimination... >> revealing the long painful fight, to recognize some of america's bravest... >> he say.. be cool... >> ...proudest moment in my life.. >> honor delayed a soledad o'brien special report
12:00 pm
only on al jazeera america barrel bombs are dropped on a syrian town as key diplomats arrive in vienna for talk-level talks aimed attending the syrian war. ♪ i'm lauren taylor, this is al jazeera, live from london. also coming up, china decides to abolish its controversial one-child policy. u.s. house of venntives elect a new speaker, but what does that mean to president obama. and we speak to the


info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on