>> hello, welcome to the news hour live from doha. our top stories: the russian president orders suspension of flights to and from egypt until the cause of last week's sinai crash is known. that yo that you says are ts are stranded in sharm el-sheikh. >> campaigning ends in myanmar for sunday's election marking an historic transition from military rule to democracy. we'll tell you why the indian government wants people to give up their gold, which is
enough to build three eiffel towers. >> russia's president vladimir putin has ordered the suspension of all russian flights to and from egypt, president tin asked the government to find ways to get russians home from the country. there are 45,000 russians curveball on holiday in egypt. the egyptian government deployed special forces to sharm el-sheikh airport. more than 200 passengers and crew onboard a russian aircraft were killed when it crashes on saturday in egypt's sinai desert. the e.u. and u.s. security officials say it's possible a bomb was planted onboard the plane by isil and that it could have brought down this airplane. >> meanwhile, thousands of british tourists are stranded at sharm el-sheikh after egypt refused to allow extra flights to fly them home. easy jet said eight of its 10
flights on friday were suspended. the egyptian civil aviation ministry said the restrictions are due to limited airport capacity. >> roar challands is in moscow. we've got paul brennan, as well. quite significant that russia is suspending flights to and from egypt. >> yes, it happened fast, given that it was a matter of just 20 minutes from when we heard the first announcement from alexander bother bortnikov. he recommended all flights be suspended. twenty minutes later, that was being implemented. we heard from vladimir putin, from the kremlin through its spokesperson that this is going to happen. what has changed is the big
question. it was just a matter of days ago on thursday that the russian government was severely criticizing the british, the u.k. government which decided to stop flying to sinai, only sinai until the cause of the crash could be determined, but russia is suspending flights to all of egypt. what changed in that time we don't know, because that's not how the russian government operates, but consider this, at the moment, there are fragments and samples being analyzed in russia. they've been taken from the crash site. we know those are being processed at the moment. there's a possibility that some of that data ended up on mr. bortnikov's desk and he made a decision. thousands of british passengers stranded in sharm el-sheikh now. what's being done to bring them
home. >> it's a very difficult situation in sharm el-sheikh and not helped by the russian decisions to pull their tore you have thes out, as well. 45,000 russian tourists, so we're talkinging excess of 60,000 people now. doing it is providing a real challenge for the egyptian authorities. i mean, what we've heard too far is that there isn't a capacity at the airport for the number of planes that the airlines wanted to send it. easy jet, the british budget airline wants to send in eight additional empty aircraft to go back full of passengers and they were refused that.
>> we're moving up the number which flights normally on a day like this by quite a lot. aspiration is to get as many people home as soon as possible. >> john was speaking before the russian announcement happened. the pressure on that airport is going to be significantly more because of the russians that are going to have to be repat rated. it appears that the egyptians can only cater for 120 tons of left luggage. that's significant, because the planes being sent back from sharm el-sheikh, the passengers are told only to bring the barest. the suitcases will not be allowed onboard. they will have to be stored and returned at a later date. it appears that the egyptians simply zoo do not have the storage space. that's one of the headaches the egyptians are going to have to come up with. >> in other world news, myanmar
reached an important milestone in transformation to democracy. campaigning closed in the countries historic election scheduled for sunday. there are concerns that the process is marginalizing ethic minorities. we have a report. he's been disqualified on the base his parents weren't citizens when he first born. he rejects those claims and says the real reason is religion. a group of buddhist nationalists, the association for the protection of race and religion are known for their anti-muslim rhetoric and have thrown their support behind the ruling military party.
>> we just say we need to protect our religion and our people. we don't say we kill other people, those criticisms aren't really fair. >> what critics describe as hate speeches have gone unpunished. the government has been accused of giving into pressure from them in other ways. earlier this year, it backtracked on a proposal that would have allowed temporary identity card holders to vote after protests from nationalists. the move mostly affects hundreds of thousands of rohingya, a muslim minority who mainly live in western rapine state. they voted in the last election, but not this time, as they aren't recognized as citizens and suffer severe discrimination. >> growing international concern has led to some ambassadors and u.n. representatives including the secretary general himself to speak out, saying the use of a political agenda based mainly on
the protection of a race or religion is dangerous especially in a country as diverse as myanmar. >> the damage may have been done. neither of the two largest parties, the ruling solidarity and development party nor the opposition national league for democracy is fielding any muslim candidates. he is worried about the future and asked who will speak up for his community.
>> at the top of the lift is the rohingya with crimes against humanity and conditions that come very close to genocide and up for international investigation, but we haven't heard anything about addressing those very real problems. >> in pakistan, the death toll from a factory collapse has ricin to 38. dozens are still missing in
lahore. a 19-year-old was found alive after trapped for 50 hours. >> the rescue and relief effort is gathering momentum. some bodies are buried under the rubble, exposed but now the job is to remove the rubble around them. the important thing is that as this relief and rescue operation goes on, time is of the essence. there are still signs of life and reports that somebody made a call from under the rubble. the important thing will be to try and reach them. the important thing, also is the fact that this is a very slow process, because entire concrete and steel slabs have to be push out and then lifted by crane, so it is going to take several days before this building is cleared.
it will be a miracle if they are able to save those people who may still be alive under the rubble. >> one person died in brazil after a dam burst, flooding a mine and nearby homes. the government said 15 are missing, but the miners union said 45 are unaccounted for. >> rescue crews in brazil searching for the missing after a town was buried in mud after a dam burst. this village did not stand away chance against the thick torrent of mud that struck through it. dozens are missing or injured in the tate. the thick mud stretched over two kilometers from the dam to the village. almost 600 people live here and most of them are miners. i heard something like away earthquake. it seemed the steam roller was
passing by me. everything was shaking and when i looked down, the ground was cracked. >> firefighters say the number of missing may rise and it's unlikely to find survivors under the toxic mixture. most roads are blocked by the day luge. >> i have relatives who called to say they are well. >> some homes have been swept away or filled to the roof with mud. electricity lines were also brought down by the strong current. the company are noting the site is frying to figure out what happened. >> at the moment, we've not confirmed the cause and extent of what happened or the number of victims. our focus at this critical moment is to preserve people's well being and the environment. >> the site is operated by mining company demarco. it looks like it will need all the help it can get.
>> still to come, the u.n. expresses fears that a cholera outbreak in iraq may be spreading. >> teetering on thing of civil war, a warninging from each national crise group after escalating violence in burundi. >> in sport, france's national prosecutor accuses former flexion chief of leading systemic corruption in the sport. >> an israeli man was stabbed and severely injured near ramallah. in hebron, the family of a palestinian woman shot has said she died. officers say she tried to run over officers in a car.
let's join stephanie decker in west jerusalem for yours. another day, another stabbing and another palestinian killed. >> that's right, let me update you on news we are getting in. we've had it confirmed by the israeli army, again incident in hebron, around the too many of the mat rye arc, the mosque shots fired. the army says shots were fired at visitors, two israelis injured. they've been evacuated and army searching the area. we spoke to palestinian sources on the ground, saying that the loud speakers in that area are calling for settlers to come down, so this is a tense situation, hebron has been an absolute flashpoint in the last month. also, you mentioned that that lady was shot dead. 72 years old, they say that she was merely heading into a gas station to fill up her car with
pet troll when soldiers opened fire on her. she sped up and tried to run them over. no israeli soldier was injured, but she was shot dead. we had one death, a 23-year-old youth in gaza shot when there were protests there close to the border area, so a friday again, that even though relatively speaking here in jerusalem, things have calmed down. it's not calm. there is still a lot of tension on the streets, these i wants are on going on a daily base, and again, you know, often things are confirmed, but there's varying reports to what exactly happened, and also very difficult to confirm exactly what happened, for example with this elderly lady. her family animate that she would not try to run over a group of soldiers. >> thank you, live from jerusalem. >> the u.n. expressed fears that an outbreak is getting out of
control. one in five confirmed cholera cases is with children. in one area of the can't country, the school year was delayed a month. many are refugees living in camps with poor sanitation. >> peter hawkins, unicef director in iraq joins us from baghdad. just how concerned about you about this outbreak and where are most of the cases in iraq concentrated? >> thank you very much. we're very concerned about the outbreak. we had the first on the 15t 15th of september. it's been screesing since. we now have 2,217 confirmed cases throughout the country. the issue is exacerbated by the fact that the infrastructure has collapsed, the water levels are low, but also over the past few days, excessive rainfall has
meant that flooding has taken place in baghdad, and within the governance around. we are with the w.h.o. and authorities are mobilizing as quickly as we can to meet the needs. >> precisely what measures are being taken to make sure that this outbreak is contained? >> there are three things we're trying to do. one is ensure that families have access to clean water, we've distributed potable water, improving water storage for 15,500. we've made available 820,000 rehydration salts to help children recover when they have diarrhea. i think critically, it's about messaging with communities, hygiene, washing their hands
approximately. >> drinking chlorinated water rather than just water. it's also exacerbated by the fact that we've got now millions of people coming in for the hajj. >> exactly. >> that is of serious concern, so we've been unicef and w.h.o. talking to the imams about steps we can take to ensure that those on the shura do not spread cholera. >> there are cases in bahrain and kuwait. is there a risk today that we could see a regional outbreak? >> there's always a risk, but i think the focus has to be on
iraq at the moment, that we've got to contain the spread here but also look at the medium term he suring that infrastructure is rehab today so this yearly endemic, epidemic is curtailed in some way or another. otherwise over the short and medium turn. our focus at the moment is on iraq to try to contain it within iraq at this point in time. >> wish you the best of luck. thank you so much for speaking to us, peter how can continuance of unicef joining us from baghdad. >> mustard gas is confirmed used in syria. it was used in august during a battle between isil and another rebel group. it's the first confirmation that chemical weapons have been used since the government agreed to destroy its stockpile in 2013. >> several lebanese soldiers were wounded after their patrol
hit a roadside bomb. it happened near the border with syria. this follows and attack on thursday in which a car bum exploded, killing a number of prominent religious leaders. >> lebanon's northern port of tripoli has become a transit point for syrians trying to reach europe. authorities at the port told al jazeera that there is a substantial increase in the number of passengers traveling to turkey. we have this report. >> many of these ships bound for turkey, but for many of the passengers, turkey is not their final destination. lebanon's northern port of tripoli has become a way out for syrians. those who depart from here do so legally. syrians don't need visas to enter turkey. they arrange visas to lebanon and it is up to them what they do next. >> we get the tickets and from
there, they can find their way to the greek islands and eventually to other european countries. >> ahmed is one of them. he tells us he is looking for a future which he no longer has at home. he has family who already found their way to europe. >> my brother has been in germany for six months. i am not going, because the sea is too dangerous. europe is not going anywhere. if i don't go now, i will go later. >> many passengers on this bus are new arrivals from syria. they enter on new transit visas because of new restrictions imposed by the lebanese government. >> there has been an increase in the number of passengers traveling to turkey from here. since the beginning of this year, 100,000 people left, 90%
of them were syrian and 90% of them didn't return. >> that is why it is hard to say goodbye. these women are from the government controlled city of homs. some are getting ready to board the ship. while they don't openly talk about their intentions, their relatives do. >> my sister came from homs and she is going to turkey. if there is a possibility, she will join her son, who is already in austria. >> there are many syrians in lebanon who would like to do that but cannot. they don't have the paperwork. >> i want a future for my child, but without proof of residency in lebanon, i can't leave the country. >> many like this man from raqqa didn't want to appear on camera. his fear is not being able to see his family for years to come. these people have one way tickets, but their destination is only the first step in a journey to find a new life. al jazeera, tripoli, northern lebanon.
>> 3 million people are due to arrive by 2017 and refugees finding new ways to reach europe, even braving the bitter cold of the arctic circle. this remote region might be freezing but is far safer than fences and strict border police that hundreds of thousands are facing on routes to europe. hundreds have crossed the northern russian border into norway over the past weeks. many cross on bicycles or motorcycles, because local laws do not allow to cross on foot. >> there is no other option for us in afghanistan. we have to go to norway. i don't know any other way. there isn't one. moscow also don't provide us with documents. they say go away from here. they don't give us documents or work. there's nothing good left for us in afghanistan. there are many taliban there. they mess with us every day. >> now there are fears that burundi is teetering on the edge of civil war.
four were killed in fighting in the capital wednesday night. the president has issued a five day ultimatum for people to hadn't over illegal weapons. the killings are the latest in a cycle of silence which began in april. that's when the ruling party nominated the president for a controversial third term in office. fighting broke out when his opponent said it was against the constitution. in may, there was a military coup attempt, attacks filed into on going bases. street protests have become an around resistance. 200 people have been killed since the violence broke out. the all the way is the only force with the potential to stop the fighting, according to the international crise group. the i.c.g. says the military is fractured and near breaking point. tomas is the u.n. essential envoy to the great lakes region of africa and says the situation in burundi is troubling.
>> we are gravely concerned in this kind of of as he called a last call ultimatum is not what is needed. officials are using terms like external nate and pulverize those not worthy to live. remember, there is still time to get the peace talks started and not see this escalate to mass violence. >> the african union has talked about the need to do immediate contingency planning. i know some of that has been underway before by various actors. we think it's very important for them to be taking the lead in the region and also for the neighbors to step up. they have the most immediately to lose from this situation, spiraling out of control, whether that's tanzania or congo, rewith a da or angola. they have to be a crucial part
to sending signals to pull back from the brink so we don't see this weekend the ultimatum from the president to trigger going to mass violence and even those who are rather friends will not stand with them if there is that move to mass violence. >> al jazeera peter greste returns for the first time since he was freed from prison. >> saving money and say that the planet, the way plastic bottles are being reused in south africa. >> in sport, can cricket ever grab the attention of america? indian batting legends certainly think so. we'll hear later in the program. we're back after the break.
a relationship virtually on hold since the time of their founding predecessors. after a bloody civil war the people's republic of china was declared. the defeated nationalists created their own republic of china on taiwan set on divergent paths. >> the soviet union supported union and taiwan sided with america. as the cold war ended and mainland china transformed the gulf has closed markedly. the political differences remain
remain. china's one-party system and taiwan's multi-party system and free speech, they know differences in how they approach each other with neither recognizing the other as president of china. the fact the two sides acknowledge the other's existence is seen as progress. >> as long as the confrontation is over, china is unified and this is part of the process this. is not how others solve their problems. the process is very chinese. >> reporter: this could set a pres cent precedente communication or could be a one off. but a handshake is about to make history.
set for one of the biggest tests when voters go to the polls to select a new president. as>> reporter: he remains a diehard fan of the late hugo chavez. the leg legacy of the leader lis on but cracks are starting to show. >> some food subsidies, for me as as a small entrepreneur i'm competing with a government giving away food. >> reporter: trial voting machines tested one month
away from the vote. the riewl was described as a cult of personality that allowed for no dissent. >> all these government structures which revenues could be siphoned off. i say it is gangster like because they robbed the full nation and done in a very violent, menacing way. we have leaders murdered. >> reporter: to date, no investigation has been conducted. soaring crime rates has led to
disillusionment with the government. centers where the government is strong have a higher representation than rural centers. and despite all the problem, they believe they will be worse off under opposition rule. >> i think we are seeing a process of self-criticism. it rallies the coalitions together, but yes if the opposition wins and sweeps the majority of the seats you will see serious cracks. >> reporter: one month is a thriej time. the growing sense is anything can happen from here to the election. peter along with his two
colleagues were wrongly correct convicted of supporting the muslim brotherhood. >> reporter: after nearly two year away, peter has returned to the city where he lives. it was december 2013 when peter and two others were arrested and wrongly convicted of helping the muslinbrotherhood but it was mostly seen as a sham. peter was released in february spending more than 400 days in prison. >> as long as you have a purpose for what you are suffering you can put up with tough times. for me the purpose was press
freedom. >> reporter: and speaking as an ambassador for press freedom busy. some here played a key role in the al jazeera journalist. the campaign spread all around the world. the march by journalists was followed by protests on different continents and politicians spoke out too. >> i think it went further than any of us could have imagined or expected. and i know just talking to peter now, he felt it had a role and impact. >> reporter: peter says he plans to continue pressing for freedom and will
write a book about it but is glad to be home. the indian government has launched three schemes to tap into the privately held gold. indian is the world's largest consumer of the precious metal. to give you a sense of the scale tis the weight of three eiffle towers. the indian government hopes to inject 900 billion into the economy giving people financial incentives to digs dispose their
gold. >> someone constwructs construcm responding million but if the water doesn't reach farmers what is the point of it? our 20,000 tons of gold has been in the same state. we have to convert it into the strength ever the nation -- of the nation. >> a former advisor be believes this is a good scheme. >> it is one scheme that the gold you had at home you can take it to the bank and give you a vault for it and when you want your gold back you take it and it's a simple scheme. the other is buying gold bonds, equal to a certain quantity of gold and you can cash.
the government is minting gold coins with the indian emtblem en it and you ask buy that like sovereigns in the united states. it is interesting because there is 22,000-tons of gold locked up in homes and bank lockers and backyards and the government is trying to monetize the gold by encouraging them to trade for bonds. the bonds can be used as colateral. it's a good scheme. greenpeace is being shut down by the indian government, the environmental campaign had its registration cancel. greenpeaceit is the latest of pr
the government. doctors are describing it as almost a miracle, a one-year-old girl has been cured of cancer using a pioneering genetic therapy. it had only been used in mice. she thought to have terminal aggressive leukemia only five months ago and it could be a huge step forward in curing the disease. >> it's an experimental treatment and used on one girl who fortunately looks to have had a good response to it which is great news for her and her family. it's just one patient and we
would need further clinical testing on more patients and it certainly is exciting in the early days. the one cent is to take cells from an immune system designed to hunt and kill foreign objects, but to take them and train them to use genetic engineering to give them properties to seek out cancel cells and leave healthy cell alone. the idea is to take the immune cells and give them the ability to recognize proteins expressed on the surface of leukemia cells to hunt them out and kill them, a different approach to designing drugs that are small molecules and can have wide affects on cancer and on healthy
cells. a new way of building schools in south africa is help be ease crowding in schools. recycled plastic bricks replace traditional ones. >> reporter: it may not look like it but the kitchen behind them is made from recycled plastic bricks. there is a shortage of classrooms. plastic bottles are not biodegradable and end up in land fills but are molded into brick-like shape. the kitchen is nearly complete. builders put in the steel metal
frame and are plastering the wall. those behind the project say it's a way to save the environment. >> and we give the bottles back and wo once they become a brick and take those and make structures. >> reporter: another school will have its own structure. they are simple to stack like lego bricks. here is how you inter lob them. takes about 15,000 and this will be a kitchen. they say it took them three hours. this 1,000 square meter youth center opens in january. depending on the finishing used it's 40% cheaper to build with plastic than with clay or sement
bricks. they were concerned about the bricks catching fire. >> maybe the whole kitchen would bent, but no, it won't. >> reporter: 20 facilities have been built in south africa so far. it's hoped the low cost and greenway to build will be used across the african continent. ahead: a visually impaired football fan is the toast of australia after scoring a goal.
sun the solar winds penetrated mars and left it vulnerable. the result was the disargs disae of water and probably life. >> most of the stripping by the solar wind was thought to have taken place early in the history of the solar system when the sun was much more active and the solar wind was more intense. the rate of loss is low. >> reporter: the instruments have analyzed solar winds. nasa says it documented a solar storm eating away at the planet's atmosphere in march. the discovery was water on mars was found. >> we have visual evidence of water. rovers have found rocks and we have found evidence that ancient
mars had enough water to support microbial life. >> reporter: it looked similar to earth. >> when we looks at ancient mars we see a different type of surface that had valleys that looked like they were carved by water, lakes that were standing for long periods of time. we see an environment that was much more able to support liquid water. >> reporter: solar storms are much less active today and not as intense. any chance earth could one day suffer the same fate as mars. >> when the earth might be losing atmosphere the rate of loss would be low. we don't have anything to worry about in terms of the earth's atmosphere disappearing on us. time for sports. >> french authorities have a aaccuseed the former leader
leading to the arrest of the 82-year-old. they arranged for payments of more than 1 million for covering up offenses. he is wanted for arrest and he demanded half a million from turkish olympic champion and he refuseed to pay and was disqualified. >> it is a form of black mail when you say pay or you can't compete. especially to an athlete who dedicated his time to train and perform. i don't know if we can call it a mafia system, but it is a system of corruption, that's for sure. to cricket,.
instead of playing cricket he was ringing the opening bell promoting a set of 20 matches. the idea is to spread the gospel of cricket to the united states with the 50 match taking place on the home of the new york mets on saturday. we get the story. >> reporter: at this small club in central new jersey, they gather almost every night to play a game all but unknown in most of the united states: cricket. >> you leave all your problems of your life behind. >> reporter: the founder of bat and ball cricket. >> 200 teams, all kinds of cricket. >> reporter: the area around the club has one of the highest concentration of indian and pakistani immigrants and they t is a hot bed for a game that is similar and
different from baseball. rather then a diamond cricket is played on an oval field and players use a flat sided bat and the object is to score runs and protect the wooden stumps called wickets. to spread the gospel of cricket to a new audience, an american audience, 28 of the most famous retired cricketers have an all-star tour of three baseball stadiums. retired as one of the greatest players the sport had ever seen and in the united states he is mostly unknown. >> we are here to popularize cricket and encourage americans to pick up a cricket bat along side a baseball bat. >> reporter: they will have matches and promise
a faster version of the game that will interest american, but high ticket prices could keep casual fans away. most tickets are in the 100 to $175 range. >> i wish the prices were lower. >> reporter: at bat and ball it's tough to find anyone who doesn't plan to be at the match on saturday. >> most of the people i know, everybody is going. >> we can watch it on tv and youtube and it's a dream come true to watch this. australia continues to dominate.
this resulting in the home side declaring. they were 157 for 5 at the close, 399 runs behind. while they enjoy,: >> fifa ruled hong kong must travel to the maldives for a world cup. they cited security threats and hong kong officials wanted the match moved but fifa say the maldives ministry of defense has guaranteed the team's safety. the maldives will play at home,
but there is a lengthy lift of countrys who haven't been able to host home games. palestine were told the next two qualifiers have to be shifted away. many are in the asian football confederation incluing myanmar. kuwait is banned from fifa activities right now for government interference. a few banned countrys in africa. they have to play home game abroad. to golf and the big names continue to struggle in shanghai shanghai. rory mcilroy was a struggling name but this tee shot a highlight of his second round.
he went on to make a birdie but the round of 72 leaves him 10 off the lead. jordan spieth also 10 shots back as are ricky fowler. the leader is two clear of the field, 14 under par. >> it is beyond my expectations and it has been good ie. making a lot of putts and that's fun keeping the round going. dirk nowitski the 16th nba player to pass 45 regular season points. it was a rare highlight for dallas. we hear from professional footballers how tough it is in a penalty shootout. you are 13 and playing in front
of 12,000 fans and visually impaired. not only does he score the penalty, but gets it thru a tiny target winning over 1,400. he was in a road accident and suffered from double vision. the penalty the goal scoring highlight. >> thank you very much for that. a terminally ill star wars fan has been granted his dying wish to watch the force awakens. he got to see an early cut after a social media campaign went viral. he has an aggressive form of lung cancer and has been given just two months to leave. thank you for watching.
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russia orders the suspension. all flights to egypt because of last week's plane crash. i'm lauren taylor this is al jazeera live from london. israeli police shoot a woman at the a gas station and say she was trying to kill soldiers. her family says she was filling up her car. two dams burst in brazil filling a village with mine waste. and peter gresesser returns to the ci