♪ >> hello, and welcome to the news hour. we have the world's top news stories. here's what is coming up in the next 60 minutes. european election observers say that turkey's election was marred by media crackdown, violence and other security concerns. rebels in syria threaten the government in a they will be used as human shields. the russian airlines that crossed egypt insist that
technical failure is not to blame. and south korea and japan talk about the forced prostitution into wartime brothels. european election observers say that the elections were unfair. they say that the election was marred by a media crackdown. it comes as president erdogan called on the whole world to respect the results of sunday's vote. his party won 50% of the vote and now can form 50% of the government. >> strong political alternatives in these highly polarized elections, the choice of media outlets and expression concerns
effect, and were restrictions on the ability to campaign. >> we have more from annika are a. more from ankara. >> there is jubulance in ankara. >> may god be content with everyone who has made this victory possible. >> going into the elections they were hoping to regain the majority it had lost last june. but even the most optimistic exit polls predict a resounding victory. turn out was 90% despite this being the fourth time that turks have taken to the polls in less than two years. the political concerns caused by
a hung parliament and violence including a blast in front of parliament that killed 200 people meant that there was too much at stake to stay at home. the party promises to return back to stability bringing majority to the office. the akp supporters had reason to celebrate once again. >> i'm very happy. i saw a lot of citizens going to the poll. they want unity. they want to deal with democra democracy. >> we respect the outcome of the
elections of the first november in the same away we respect the election results in june. i do not want to have anyone have any concerns. >> the they survived a scare barely getting enough votes to get into parliament. it's leader was critical of the election process. >> with respect i have to say that there was not a fair and equal election. we received 11% of the votes without waging a political campaign in the middle of a bloody doomsday. >> it is a victory that surpasses all expectation. the akp party and it's leadership still face challenges, including a suffering economy, increased violence and security not to mention trying to bridge the divide in what is a polarized society. the akp party and leadership now face its problems with a new mandate.
>> joining us from istanbul, tell us more about the comments that have been made by the european election observers, what they say turkey's election was marred by crackdown and violence. >> yes, i think the statement was referring to the days leading to the polls that are in turkey. violence.ershadowed by a wave of suicide-bombings in ankara inside overshadowed the entire process. the political parties decided not to hold big rallies. then in terms of the crackdown on the media, the government says they did go after media groups who are related to what the government calls a state led by anti-government, the
observers have their doubts about it. i spoke to one of observers, and i asked him questions regarding the day and if there were irregularities that would affect the outcome. he said he didn't. there were observers who di have 100,000 polling stations around the country. >> how is the government planning to use this mandate coming forward? what are the most immediate issues that they will be dealing with? >> the media issues according to the party leaders, the promises they made to the voters and to their supporters. that is bring stability and have
single party government. listening to the speech made by the party, they say that we're ready to lead turkey from the following day. i think that's a reference to the plans that they have to form a government so it should not be very hard to come to a majority. but the problem is that the results kept turkey deeply polarized, and the steps that were taken by the akp party to reach out and calm the polarization in this country. >> reporting from instan bal istanbul, thank you. we have reports from bernard smith. >> we know that here in the southeast of the country, the hep lost 18 seats, and the hdp was campaigning in a very different environment since the
june election, the break down since the cease-fire of th created an unstable environment here. they called to lay down arms, but it was not persuasive. and there are suggestions that the socially conservatives kurds frightened at the violence after two and a half years of peace decided to pull back to the akk. and those liberal voters seeing their sons going to war on the eastern side of the country perhaps felt that they should go with what they would perceive is a safer option in return to what they thought was the stability that turkey had before the june election. >> also, in turkey a man is in criminal condition after shooting at police guarding president erdogan's residence in
istanbul. the man grabbed the gun of the police officer before turning the weapon on himself. he was rushed to hospital for entrepreneurial treatment. no other person was hurt. putting prisoners in cages and using them as human shields to stop government airstrikes. they're trying to stop the army from targeting douma. the largest stronghold outside of damascus. >> this is how the rebels try to fight back against syrian military air raids. they decided to put their prisoners in cages and scatter them in residential areas as a way to pressure the government to stop targeting douma. they parade them in the streets and tell the world that these men and women will be used as human shields. they're believed to be officers and their families from the alawite sect. >> these are families of alawite officers. after what happened in douma
most people decided to place those prisoners from the alawite sect in cages in towns so that they can taste our misery, so they can be targeted by russian airstrikes as our children and our women are. >> dume 70 people were killed and 550 others were found what it describes as an extremely violent bombing. the target was a marketplace. it was not the first place that the residential areas were targeted. in august over 100 people were killed in douma in a countryside that is under siege. a makeshift clinic was also hit. >> two bombs hit the makeshift clinic. it was a direct hit, and staff
and patients were killed and injured. we can no longer operate, and we treated 5,000 patients a month. >> therthe fighting continues during efforts of finding a solution. they called for a nationwide truce and the renewal of peace talks. at the same time, there are efforts by some members of the u.n. security council to stop bombs by syrian government forces. britain's ambassador to the u.n. said it is important that the indiscriminate bombing stops because it kills and terrorizes and is one of the cause for the flood of refugees. but they will oppose any resolution because they believe it will jeopardize the efforts that have so far failed to stop the war.
>> a chemicals weapons efforts, lobbying in the british parliament for the no-fly zone. joining us in studio in doha, thank you for being on the news hour. tell us more about this idea of creating safe havens. >> i think its graying. what we saw in the talks over the weekend to protect civilians is absolutely crucial. my feeling from being on the border a few weeks ago, if we don't do something in the area that i know well in northern syria, over a half million refugees, they are about to move after four years of the situation and the weather changing, there is a view that we must do something now. we could create some safe area initially northwest syria, 1500
square kilometers using nay valley assets in the mired, the free syrian government on the ground and the americans putting special forces in that area. we could create a viable safer area. >> i think troops on the ground, the free syrian army, who are very proud, to have removed islamic state fighters from that area. there is no immediate assad force there is. but with nay valley assets and they could be british assets in the mediterranean using their radar to prevent helicopters dropping barrel bombs, that could be policed from there, and u.s. special forces on the ground could be aiding the free syrian army and training them to insure that they provide security from ingress. without that in chase, the medical charities that i work
with, we provided medical support in that area for the last three years. with the added security we believe we could triple that support. >> you talk about added security, but a lot of people say this is promoting military intervention under humanitarian pretext. >> well, i don't get with that at all. it is a very difficult and complex situation especially now that return russians are in there. if we don't do something we'll add to the 4 million refugee who is have already left syria. there are 7 million displaced people who are at the point of moving at the moment. if we don't take action now we're at the tipping point by creating this area where we've worked well with the security we can get accommodation in there. we can get food and water to stop the movement of refugees, and ultimately for the geneva--the vienna talks, for the p-5, the u.n. security
council, to look to some sort of transition for some future for syria. if we don't take action now there will be nothing of syria left. >> it's the humanitarian motives that are the main concern, why doesn't the u.k. take on more refugees? they're taking 20,000 refugees until twenty20. that means 5,000 refugees a year. >> i agree. it's a drop in the ocean. but all the syrians i know in syria or outside of syria, everybody ultimately wants to go back. unfortunately, a lot of the refugees are the fit and the healthy, the well educated who have managed to get out of syria. and if we encourage further refugees and if britain decides to take even more then it's perpetuating that, and making the chance of a viable syrian future less likely. i firmly believe we should work on the high man tearan peace, work on creating areas in syria where people can be safe, and return to, so that there is a
viable syria in future. it's not going to happen overnight. it's going to take months for people to go back and build a secure future for syrian, which the vast majority of syrians want. >> you're saying this is an idea that is gaining traction with the british parliament. obviously this is not something that the u.k. can do in isolation. how much support does this have? does this idea have among other coalition members and others involved in syria right now. >> i think there are a lot of people, especially those who are closely involved, especially those who spent time in war zones like myself who realize now that by doing nothing is just making the situation worse. certainly in the u.s. general petraeus and others senators mccain, are actively pursuing this to try to get traction within the u.s. i think around europe as well that is the few, that just
allowing the refugee crisis to continue is not a long-term option. now it's very difficult. there are few options available. what we saw in northern iraq back in 1991, which i was involved in, save the kurdish race and prevented millions of kurdish refugees. this is viable and has the most likely chance of success at moment. i'm continuing to lobby, and we're gaining support. >> all right, a thank you for your time for this news hour. >> my pleasure. >> after the break, gaining impunity for crimes against journalists. >> in argentina people say they're not afraid about the implications that beef and processed meat can have in their lives. >> in sport find out if the kansas city royal can create
another comeback to win the world series. >> first the russian airlines whose flight crashed in egypt insist that technical failure is not to blame. only an external impact could have brought the plane down. investigators of the crash site said that the plane broke up in midair, but they don't know why. president vladimir putin has called for an picture of what happened as neave barker repor reports. >> a russian plane carrying the victims of the disaster, all 224 passengers on board the aircraft died. most of them russian holiday makers. the bodies have been brought to a city mortuary where families are now tasked with identifying their loved ones.
aviation experts have been searching for clues as to the cause of the disaster. an armed group linked to isil claims it shot down the plane in response to russian airstrikes in syria. russian officials say that the plane broke up at altitude. now the russian airline said that it believes that the plane was brought down by an external impact ruling out technical faults or pilot error. >> there are no such faults or engine failure or system failure. there is no combination of systems failure that could lead to the plane breaking up in the air. the only possible explanation in the air is a certain impact. a mechanical or physical impact. >> outside of st. petersburg main airport, expanding the memorial to the dead. a popular package holiday destination for several russians. 17 children were among those killed.
>> it's sad. people, children who were on the flight. it's heartbreaking. i have a child myself, and i fly very often. >> russian federal investigators have opened the criminal case into the incident. on the weekend russian police reportedly raided the moscow offices seizing documents and hard drives. russia has a poor aviation safety record with many incidents blamed on aging aircraft. but the airline insists that the plane was in good shape. , etc. lope that the flight data recorders will reveal more answers. >> the leaders of south korea and japan have agreed to speed up talks on so-called comfort women. south korea insist that japan compensate women who were forced into military brothels during world war ii. >> this relationship has been in the deep freeze since these leaders took office. the handshake and miles hardly brimmed with warmth, but this
moment might represent the start of the thaw. south korea's president park spoke of needed healing from the history. south korea wants japan's prime minister to address the past, in particular the sexual enslavement of tens of thousands of young south korean women by the japanese army before and during world war ii and compensate the elderly survivors of the so-called comfort women system. they promised to speed up talks on the issue. >> in order to build a forward-looking relationship we should not leave over the comfort women issue. >> south korean officials have been pressing for sincere language on the comfort woman issue. his stance on japan's history and his policy of loosening restrictions on japan's present day military were major factors in president park's earlier
refusal to meet him. now that en pass has been broken. a few will be happy about that in the united states. keen for tokyo and seoul to move beyond their differences. ash cart center seoul for military talks welcomed the move talking about the try lateral relationship with its two essential regio regional allies. there is still plenty of repair work needed. the president did not offer lunch before his flight before returning home, and he equally took his entourage to a japanese restaurant. >> an explosive device was found in a car in israel. three people have been injured in a stabbing attack. they arrested a 19-year-old palestinian from hebron. earlier a palestinian teenager
was shot dead by the israeli army in the occupied west bank. two palestinians were approached at the checkpoint. one of the men allegedly tried to stab a soldier. he was shot and killed and the second palestinian has been arrested. the funerals of two palestinians killed by israeli forces have been held in the occupied west bank. the men both in their early 20s were shot dead last month after allegedly attacking israeli soldiers. well, to date november 2nd is the u.n.'s day to end impunity of crimes against journalists. many journalists have come under breezing harassment due to violence in israel and the palestinians territories. stephanie dekker reports from jerusalem. >> it's tense. this protest in ramallah outside
of the west bank. [ gunfire ] >> we moved towards the injured to film. at that moment the commander came. he threatened that he would spray us with pepper spray. we moved back ten meters and he began to spray at all the journalists. >> he said he did nothing wrong and moved back. >> i said to the commander, what are you doing to the journalists? you're attacking us? >> the police issued this statement in response to our request for comment: >> he said he has acreditted the by the israeli press office.
>> the government treats any attack on a journalist, photographer with severity, any journalist who is injured or feels like he's being attack is given a response after a thorough investigation. >> another incident during protests at the end of september shows israeli security forces smashing a camera belonging to a photographer from the news service. the deputy commander was dismissed following the investigation. the photographer is sure he would press charges. >> i would like to file a complaint, but i'm afraid to work in the field. when he finds out i filed the complaint he might target me specifically. i don't know how a journalist is supposed to be protected in this case. >> the united nations has called for an international day to end impunity against journalists.
it ensures accountability and to bring the perpetrators to justice. stephanie dekker, al jazeera, west jerusalem. >> in france journalists unofficially renamed 12th street to remember those who had been killed while doing their jobs. the process was organized by reporters without borders in paris. names of journalists murdered, tortured or disappeared from painted over the normal street names and they called for the u.n. secretary general on the safety of journalists worldwide 86 journalists have been killed, 85 were targeted or killed in cross fire. one was killed accidently on the job. last year 135 journalists lost their lives because of the work they were doing.
the committee to protect journalists, the deadliest countries for journalists were iraq, syria, philippines,al je, algeria and somalia. >> in many cases the governments are covering up for those who are carrying out these events. sometimes the governments themselves are behind or instigating the attacks against journalists, and in other cases the government have no interests in investigating them because they are supported by organized crime or by groups of may be the government doesn't want to investigate. in all these cases nobody is protecting the journalists. nobody is standing up for the journalists. no parliamen parliamentarian is demanding this. so the governments are getting away with murdered literally because no one is investigating them. i put a big question mark by
government intent by covering up these killings governments themselves are directly or indirectly responsible for these deaths. whenever the governments act with impunity, those who continue to kill journalists, as we've seen in the years past, if they're not being investigated they know they can get away with murder. we have to put a stop to this impunity. >> coming up in the news hour, the drowning of dozens of refugees trying to cross into greece brings a spotlight again into their perilous journey. we tell you wh about into comecation of people in the region. >> and in sport we'll hear from rugby's new world player of the year.
>> tough that the country gave up on me. >> look at the trauma... every day is torture. >> this is our home. >> nobody should have to live like this. >> we made a promise to these heroes... this is one promise americans need to keep. >> your piano election observers say that the turkish general election was mired by a crackdown of media organization and violence. president erdogan has called for
the world to respect the win of the akp party. the russian airline that crashed over egypt insists that technical failure is not to blame. only an external impact could have brought the plane down. investigators must build an objective picture of what happened. japan has agreed to speed up talks with south korea over the issue of comfort women. south korea wants japan to compensate women who were forced into military brothels before and during second world war. here's a look at how the votes were spread between the parties. the ruling parties secured 49.4% of the vote that's enough for the majority of 316 seats in parliament. the main opposition won 134 seats. the nationalist mhp party secured 11.9%. that translates to 41 seats.
now the pro kurdish parties claimed a little over 10.5%. under turkey he is election rules that's just enough to keep season parliament, it gets 59. an even scholar at the install bull policy center said that the results are unlikely to stop the polarization of the country. >> what we know, especially from the kurdish area is that the kurdish middle class has gotten really frightened by the recent tension and violence that erupted again after the seventh of june elections. and they reverted back to akp. this is con simplied by the local observers. and as for mhp, the second big party which lost votes for the went of akp, well, i mean, they have really played very badly, and they today have become a part of second akp.
no one knows how long they will survive as a party. unfortunately, it will be very difficult the country's completely divided not into two, but there are several organizations in which were used and abused by the regime. and he will probably push for the presidential systems or we may have soon a referendum. he's not far from the number of seats he needs to change the referendum in the country. the problems are not over for the country, far from it. the daesh factor are very much in the minds of turks, and in turkey it is very much involved in syria. so it won't be easy to governor despite the fact that he will have a majority government now.
>> iraq's parliament will block key reforms. abadly pushebadabady has pushed through changes without consultations. the iraqi prime minister's position is becoming untenable. >> it's becoming more and more difficult for prime minister al abadi to survive. the more he differs in his reformations, the more his enemies now start to put obstacles in his way. i cannot imagine that he's going to do anything constructive or positive to end this objection from the parliament and maybe we
will see in the near sure a call for a vote of confidence. there are differences between the ministry of defense and the popular mobilization and differences between the center and the iraqi kurdish regions. there are differences between the militias fighting against isis. so i don't think mr. abady has achieved to present himself or his government as an united one, fightingitis. >> the saudi led coalition battling rebels in yemen is sending in reinforcements for pro government forces. the government has sent in 30 vehicles including tanks to shore up their position. >> showing a military convoy to taiz considered by many to be the heart of yemen. fighters loyal to president abd rabbuh mansur hadi has been trying to keep the city under
their control for months. the armored vehicles and ammunition supplied by the saudi-led coalition are expected to give enough force to expel houthi rebels and those loyal to former president ali abdullah saleh. hundreds of civilians have been killed in street by street battles. thousands of yemens have been killed since the civil war began eight months ago. they want to push towards sanaa still under the control of houthi rebels. the united nations security council has appealed to the warring factions to lay down their weapons and to negotiate a peace deal. yemen's foreign minister said that government leaders are willing to talk if the houthies backed by iran stop fighting. talks are set to resume in two weeks. >> the u.n. said that the number of refugees arriving in europe by sea in october has reached a record high.
218,000 people arrived last month alone. the same number as of all of 2014. many of those making the desperate journey are syrians fleeing fighting. gerald tan reports. >> fighting wind and choppy waters as the european winter sets in. these boats almost didn't make it. after perilous journey across the aegean sea, refugees arrive on the greek island of lesbos. >> there are three boats coming, and they were very low in the water. i guess they were sinking. >> nearby along the shore crews removed several bodies that washed up onshore overnight. europe is struggling to cope with this refugee crisis. many hope to reach germany, which has opened its doors to them. >> i have many friends who went there.
they always tell us that there are good people, good services. >> to get there they have to pass through several european countries. croatia wants to speed up the process of registering those crossing the board. they're set to unveil a new winter camp this week. >> this is a place which is now totally created with everything that we need from showers, tents, heated tents, containers for groups. and we're not expecting problems from this position. capacity is 5,000 people in one moment. >> from croatia these people will likely go northamption to slovenia and then austria before reaching germany. they face yet more difficulties.
for the countries they will take care of the numbers. >> the vatican has arrested an eastern catholic priest in stolen classified documents. they're accused of leaking information to the media. they're being held inside of a jail cell insid jail in vatican city. >> it's less than a week to myanmar elections and a step towards democracy. but the unite united nations general secretary ban ki-moon is concerned that hate speech is
being used and religious tensions are being stirred up for political purposes to gain votes. a group of hard line nationalist buddhist monks have thrown their support behind the military party saying that's the party to protect voters race and religion. in this buddhist majority country it is anti-muslim sentiment that is being worked up, and they're accused of being a pro muslim party in hopes of those will stay away from voting for it. ban ki-moon has said if these actions are allowed to go unpunished it will tarnish myanmar's reputation. >> there are many who are angry about nepal's new constitution that ignores their demand for a straight state.
>> i'm in southern nepal. further up 3 kilometers is the border town with india, and the situation here is quite tense and the area i is under curfew. the police tried to remove protesters occupying no man's land between nepal and india. they've been observing the area for a month now, blocking all essentials, fuel supplies, cooking gas and vehicle fuel has been in short supply. [ gunfire ] this authority over here said that the home ministry gave direct orders to remove protesters this morning. at least one person has died. and many more have been injured. people in this area have been protesting for the past 83 days and they're happy to have closure of the area. they've been protesting against the new constitution, which they
say does not represent them. they're looking into the demarcation of boundaries and reputatio representation during elections. now talks have been going on between government bodies and representatives of local parties, and they have been going on on a positive note. the situation has been quite fluid around here. right behind us is the building of nepal's telecommunications, which protesters have vandalized and set fire to. they have put blockades aroun around the roadside and burned tires to create obstruction all along the way. we've come to understand that the person who has died is indian, and now the india government has issued a statement expressing the concern of killing of an innocent person and the worsening of the situation. they urge nepal find a political
solution, and it seems that the current crisis will get worse. al jazeera. >> well, some of the world's biggest papermaking companies are accused of creating health hazards for hundreds of people. the smoke is drifting across southeast asia. they have been flying over the disaster zone in south sumatra and sent this report. >> this is the epicenter of indonesia's fire disaster. thousands of hectares used to make paper are on fire. an inferno creating hockeyic haze for people of indonesia and neighboring countries. it is one of the world's largest producers of paper and packing. the company's officials spoke to al jazeera exclusively on a helicopter write to their worst-hit plantation. lack of visibility makes unclear
how the blazes are being hampered. >> roughly around 90% of the fires are coming from outside. yes, there are fires coming from inside as well, a lot of them we have investigated so far are people coming in to the conservation area, hunters, people who just went past. it's not-- >> it seems easy to blame other people. >> i'm not blaming other people. we have a responsibility to make sure that the area of our suppliers are protected. >> this appears to have failed. they blame drought because of the el niño system and strong winds to spread rapidly. supermarkets in nearby singapore are boycotting products blaming the company for the fire, which are also effecting the city state. three years ago the company
announced it would stop converting natural forests into plantations. >> it has been scrutinized for many years now it's criminalized for contributing to this haze despite government promises to bring those involved to justice this company is not being investigated. the government said it wants to focus on firefighting efforts before taking legal steps against anyone found responsible for starting the fires. >> i think we'll investigate. we don't want to hurry to do this. >> people will get away with it? they will be off the hook? >> i don't think so. we'll stop this problem. you see, the impact of this is really huge. you know, for 3 million people in indonesia and the impacted area affected by this. >> the minister asked slash and
burn practices which calls for burning down existing vegetation before planting new ones will be banned. it will take back hundreds of thousands of hectares from the plantation companies and restore it. as the fires continue to burn, they say they can only be stopped when the rainy season starts in tw three to four weeks. al jazeera, indonesia. >> still to come on the news hour, the sports news and the tests of best effort puts england in a strong position against pakistan.
>> now to argentina where they love a nice juicy steak and sausage and chorizo, in fact, answer meat sizzling on the barbecue usually whets their appetite. >> keel lows of red and processed meat in this barbecue in buenos aires. he says he loves his sausage sandwiches. and he's not too wired about the "world health organization" warning. >> to take a look at all this food and we're going to miss this amazing sausage sandwich. you cannot leave this life without eating this. >> according to the "world
health organization" processed meat increases the chance of getting cancer, and red meat could probably be a cause, too. argentinians eat over 10 100-kilos of meet including the kidneys and red meat. barbecues like this are all around the country, and people hearsay never minding the risk, they won't stop coming. argentina is famous for beef. the first cattle were introduced by the spanish in the 16th century and they became a feature. a style of slowly grilling vast quantities of meet over an open flame and is based on the traditions of the cattle herders who once worked in the grass lands of central argentina. >> here in latin america we eat a lot of meat. it is our tradition, our culture, but maybe we have to
take more care about what we eat, but i believe illness is caused by stress. >> in argentina breast cancer is the most common cause of death among women. and lung and prostate cancer are the main cause of death among men. >> the reports september a message and it has raised awareness. rerecommend not to eat red meat more than twice a weak. it's about having a healthy lifestyle. we're clear about prevention and primary care is important. it can reduce cancer by 40%. >> even though awareness have increased in argentina in recent years culture is a first challenge experts face when trying to convince people to lead a healthier life. al jazeera, buenos aires. >> time for the sports news. >> thank you very much, well, the kansas city royals have won their first world series since
1985. it comes just a year after they missed out on baseball's biggest prize against the san francisco giants. >> a 30-year wait is over for the kansas city royals. they clinched the world series after winning game five against the new york mets. they have been on the verge of losing. new york returned to pitcher matt harvey only allowing four hits. with the bats the mets have taken the lead in this first inning thanks to a solo home run of curtis granderson. thegranderson was allowed to run home. hitting into the seventh, harvey argued with the manager to stay in the game. it proved to be the wrong decision as eric hosmer rbi
double allowed the royals back in the game, 2-1, harvey was then pulled. the mets on the verge of victory then threw away the game. they needed thre three more outs. 2-2, so extra innings were needed at the top of the 12, the rules were put in front, and there was no turning back. in the same inning escobar hit another run in for the royals to go 4-2 ahead. shortly after the bases were loaded for kansas city, and the three-run single put them 7-2 up. closing pitch away davis wrapped up the game in the bottom of the 12th with a strike.
>> the 2015 world champions. >> everyone came to spring training as determined of a group that i've ever seen, that they were going to get back, and they were going to finish the deal this time. from day one there was no doubt in my mind that they wouldn't accomplish it. there was no doubt in their mind that they would accomplish it. >> named world series mvp, celebrations began for the new champions. >> these were the scenes back in kansas city as the royals clinched the title with the 4-1 series win. the victory was sealed at home in 1985 against the st. louis cardinals. england's batsman have put their team in good position in the third test against pakistan. england must-win if they're to level the series andy richardson
reports. >> patience was required from england's batsman on day two of this test against pakistan. they did not appear to have received the memo. the pace of play was glacial at times. but yet the removal of the captain alastair cook quickened the pakistan pulses. the recall of james taylor was intent on reversing the momentum back towards england. ian bell fighting for his international future scored 40 only to give sharp his second wicket of the inning. what could prove to be a pivotal partnership for taylor, hitting his first test on century.
they finished the day on 37. taylor was unbeaten on 74 at the close. england 222-4 within 12 runs of pakistan's first innings total and the sort of lead that could set up a leveling win. andy richardson, al jazeera. >> the mls season is into the playoffs, and seattle sounders have upset fc dallas. a late goal given seattle a 2-1 win in the first leg of this western conference semifinal. the return leg is coming up in dallas on saturday. the montreal impact had to recover from a mistake by didier drogba. his header allowed the columbus crew to take the lead in their eastern conference. they would come back and win this first-leg game 2-1.
durant scored 25 points in a big win over the denver nuggets. the thunder have started the nba season with three straight wins. new zealand stan carter has been named rugby player of the year for the third time. his personal trials coming after he guided his country to the world cup win final over australia. carter is now retiring from the international game to join the french club. >> this is a dream come true over the last 24 hours. i never expected this. i'm just happy to be part of the world cup winning side. to win back-to-back world cups, and to finish on an amazing career. i'm so fortunate. >> that's it for me. >> thank you for that update. thanks for watching the news hour from al jazeera. we hand you to our team in london, they'll have more news coming your way in just a
>> turkey's ruling akp party demonstrate a stunning victory as openers say that the elections were overshadowed by a media crackdown and a climate of fear. >> hello, you're watching al jazeera life from london. also coming up. as the city of st. petersburg mourns the victor victims of the plane crash. human shields are