from doha. this is al jazeera. ♪ >> hello, and welcome you are watching the news hour with me here in doha. the u.n. says the syrian government has agreed to give them access to this bah sieged town where people are starving to death. a man wearing a fake explosives belt is shot dead in paris after he tried to attack the police with a knife. at least 60 policemen are kill at a training center in
libya. >> and fifa give -- world spots giving life bans to three high-ranking officials. ♪ the united nations says the government of syria has finally agreed to let them take aid into the besieged town of badia. some people are so desperate they have resorted to eating leaves and grass. our correspondent reports now for you, warning that some of the images that this report does contain, you may find them disturbing >> translator: my maim is mohamed, says this starving little boy. i'm 7 years old. and i have not eaten in a week.
not only does he have no clothes his body has little more than just skin over his bones. the town has been under siege by government forces for months now. there's no food or medicine here. while the bitter cold of winter adds to the suffering of those struggling to survive. day by day they die, though, with no one either able or willing to come to their rescue. after seeing death by tanks, barrel bombs, and chemical weapons, now syrians are experiencing it through forced starvation. the siege is being described as yet another war crime committed by the government and bashar al-assad's allies. hezbollah fighters control the entrances to the town, presenting anything from going in. so people like this man are forced to eat whatever they can
find, leaves and shrubs. but all that does is slightly delay the inevitable, death. a look into the eyes of children like these is all it takes to understand that humanity itself is being killed in this town and the rest of syria. the chief spokeswoman for the u.n. refugee agency says the u.n. is not only concerned about the people starving in madiea. >> we believe there are 400,000 people in 15 towns and cities in syria who are in a situation where they are besieged by different parties to the conflict. besieged translated into civilians completely cut off from any humanitarian aid, and therefore, no food, no medicine, shelter that has no heat, no
water. these are conditions under which people cannot survive for very long, and we're seeing and hearing credible reports that people are starving. yes, we have only been able to reach 10%, and that only intermittently, so we're calling on all parties for the sake of humanitarian -- you know, just caring, but it's also international law. it is against international law to force people to starve, or to target civilians. we are joined by pall from beirut. on the ground in terms of day-to-day stuff, what are the particular problems your people are facing? >> what i would say is today what is happening for the same crisis inside syria, and [ inaudible ] such
as -- lebanon, first we have the problem of winter arriving. a lot of places where the refugees are located are really cold today and we have got problems to have people accessing healthcare and other type of basic services. that's for sure. then in terms of -- like what we are trying to do is to make sure that -- like the -- the patients and the people in need of health care are getting access to whatever they need, and then we are trying also to make sure that they are receiving proper blankets and non-food items. >> we were talking to our correspondent in our last program here on al jazeera, and she was telling us there is an issue when it comes to getting the pledged money to the resources, to purchase the resources to get those resources
to the people who need it most. is that a scenario that your organization is facing as well? >> today there is definitely a lack of funds for this crisis, even though we are talking about the biggest humanitarian crisis in -- since i was say the beginning of history, so there are distinctly a lot of needs. today like the -- the phones are channelled in this -- in different ways, and we manage to take care of the people outside of syria. it's much more complicated inside of syria, where most of the humanitarian agencies don't have access to people. so what is happening for example today in madia, even if it is really striking, and the images we see are really striking, i would say it's not only besieged
areas that are at steak. it can be everywhere. so to say it's in the governmental areas or the areas where go doesn't have access, we are basically talking about -- like a huge frustration from all of the different humanitarian access such as [ inaudible ] where we basically have almost no way to get access to people. >> melissa fleming telling us that they have managed to get to only 10% of the people. the people number at least 400,000 people. they might be further down the road than the people we have seen in our reports today, who are living on leaves and grass. in this century at this time, in what was a civilized country, how are we seeing these medieval images of people apparently being starved to death.
that's a war crime. >> like, what is -- what is striking, as you say, specifically because of like what we are seeing, and once again i liken it to the fact that -- you know, like unfortunately for the west and for journalists like this kind of pictures and images are showing us, like, what is happening today in madiia, but it has been four years that most of the places inside of syria are not to that extent where people are not everywhere starving, but like for me the story of knowing if the it is a war crime and so on, is in the end not really the topic. like, we are talking today about millions of syrians who have been displaced, so for the ones who have not been able to go out of syria, the situation is very
complicated, and once again, i think that what we would be calling for is just to ask the different parties in the conflict to give access to humanitarian access, so basically today even though like these images definitely unacceptable, and really, really frustrating for us, because we would like to be in such places. we -- we are talking about places where the fact that -- like, the conflict at war [ inaudible ] to remind that basically, even war [ inaudible ] and this is what is important for us is to say that civilians shouldn't be the ones being victims of whatever conflict different parties are at stake. >> but you have to deal with the reality. this is not isil, or the armed
opposition, this the regime in damascus, which for some reason has decided to allow in the aid agencies. but the reality is, it looks like it could become a [ inaudible ] in the middle east. these people look like walking, talking corps. they are seriously malnourished. that's a whole different range of medical issues that your organization has to deal with, i would assume. >> definitely. today, and this -- like what is happening in madia, basically is of a concern in terms of medical, medical care. we have been experiencing it in other parts of the country also desperate medical needs, and once again, in the -- and i would like to insist on this. like today we are not talking
about take sides and knowing whether it's the syrian regime or another entity who would be -- who would be -- like doing things that the others are not doing. to be honest, today we don't have access to the entire country, and only very small areas are -- are reachable, or being able to be supported, but we are, once again, in a situation where what we are seeing today, is something that is unacceptable once again. but we are talking about a full country, and everywhere, literally everywhere, that's for sure. >> paul, thank you very much. turning our attention to europe now, where a man armed with a knife had been shot dead by the police in france. the attacker was wearing a fake belt with what looked like fake
explosives. it comes on the anniversary of the attacks on the charlie hebdo offices and a jewish supermarket that left 17 people dead. jacky rowland joins us now. even though this person was killed and was a fake suicide bomber, the police will still be going through the protocols. they want to find out who he was talking to, where he lived, where he came from. >> exactly. and we have been hearing the first few scraps of details from the prosecution. they say his identity has not been established, however, he had a mobile telephone on him. they say he was also carrying a peace of paper, some sort of document that bore the flag of isil, and also what appeared to be a written claim of
responsibility, a claim for having carried out, or tried to carry out this attack, written in arabic in the name of isil, so clearly this man was styling himself as some kind of fighter, assailant acting on behalf of isil, but of course, he didn't actually inflict any injuries or casualties. he was armed with a kind of small butcher's hatchet. but what appeared to be a suicide vest was in fact continuing only fake explosives, but the fact that he was wearing from a distance what looked like was quite convincing. because no police officer is going to take a risk in that type of circumstance. >> and the french president remembering the represents of this time last year, plus we're expecting him to detail his
legislation that he wants to push through, and get mp's to agree to make the french and france feel safer, plus charlie hebdo, publicing a new edition, provacative as ever. >> reporter: yes, it's almost a perfect storm of circumstances, the anniversary, of course, of the charlie hebdo shooting can't really be of coincidence even if this particular attack was not particularly serious or well thought out. clearly the day must have been chosen because of its significance. beyond that, president hollande has actually been trying to stress the kind of progress that the police have been making in thwarting potential attacks. they said 25 potential attacks of a terrorist nature have been thwarted in the past month, and also they said in the past year, authorities have prevented 200
people from traveling to syria or iraq to take part in either fighting or training activities. so that, he is saying is on the plus side. on the negative side there is a clear recognition that there aren't enough resources. there are plans to recruit 5,000 more police officers in the next year, and also an acknowledgment that there needs to be better sharing of information between the various security and intelligence agencies here in france and internationally. >> jacky thanks very much. in libya at least 65 police recruits have been killed. a truck bomb hit the site. here is victoria gatenby. [ sirens blaring ] >> reporter: chaos and commotion at the main hospital as ambulances bus in the wounded. dozens of people were killed and more than 200 injured, when a truckloaded with explosives blew
up outside of a police training center in the neighboring town. earlier hospital officials spoke of smaller casualties, before the sheer devastation of the attack became clear. >> translator: this morning we received a number of wounded from the police academy. so far we have received more than 40 people with moderate to serious to critical injuries. >> reporter: no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but libya has several different armed groups fighting for control across the country, not to mention the increasing presence of isil. the armed group has attacked a major oil terminal in the east, firefighters have been struggling to control the blaze at the terminal caused by shelling by isil fighters. they targeted the same facility in october, but failed to gain control of it. this time their attack is more coordinated. >> translator: i appeal to the national oil company and also the united nations, if there is
any kind of response, even if there is very little help and support for us, because we are dealing with a very, very big issue here, and we are facing an environmental and economic disaster. >> reporter: libya has been in conflict since the 2011 uprising that deposed its leader. the tripoli-based government is one of two rival administrations. the other is the u.n.-recognized government based in the eastern city of tobruk. last month the two sides signed an agreement to work together. but so far there has been little progress. the u.n. is urging them to united states and form one government before isil's ideology spreads. plenty more ground still to cover here on the al jazeera news hour, including the u.n. threatening new sanctions against north korea after the success of a hydrogen bomb test.
and in the sports news are andy, jason daye reveals the concerns he has about staying on top of the golfing world. ♪ china has suspended trading on its stock market again today after share prices plunged for a second time this week. markets across the region has been dragged lower by the turmoil and uncertainty. let's bring in my colleague, crunch the numbers for me. >> okay. what i'm going to do is take a step back, really, and show us how there's a vicious circle happening in china that got caught up in this basically. restart with the fact that china's economy is slowing down. this is a known fact. and most importantly the chinese government knows it. so it devalues its currency, and as a result chinese experts
become more attractive in price and the rest of the world buys more of them. a devalued currency also unsettles the market. it makes the investors wonder, if they are taking that action, then is the economy slowing at a faster rate than we thought. then the dominos begin to fall. we see the market shutdown. there is all of this intervention in china. remember, china wants it to be a free market, but when you are intervening then it's not really free, is it. it raises more questions about china's economic policies and whether this intervention is working, and that takes us back to those fears, and they are increased fears by this stage, about china's slowing economy and its potentially massive impact. managing an economy is tough,
and managing a slowing economy is its tougher. south korea raising the military alert level to the highest possible today. seoul has warned it will resume propaganda broadcast through loud speakers in response to the hydrogen bomb test by north korea. >> reporter: the day after north korea's declaration that it has a hydrogen bomb. the defense minister calls it a failed test of an h-bomb. barack obama spoke to the leaders of the two nations most threatened by the test. in telephone calls on thursday morning, he said close collaboration would continue, adding u.s. commitment to south korea's security is unshakable,
and that the three nations will work together for a strong and united international response. south korea's defense minister says his u.s. counterpart has pledged what he calls an ironclad defense commitment. the two defense chiefs agreed that north korea should pay a proportional price for the provocation. some feel the h-bomb statement is just a bluff aimed at the united states, and part of a long-term plan by north korea. >> they want outside world to gradually get used to the idea that north korea is a nuclear country. first off. the assumption is if they continue to nuclear tests every few years, sooner or later, the world will accept them as a nuclear power. >> reporter: south korea is reacting now. because of the tests officials said thursday they are restarting a system of loud
speakers along the border to broadcast anti-government messages into the north. and for the safety of its citizens, south korea announced it is restricting access to the joint industrial complex along the border with north korea. china has criticized its ally north korea for disregarding nation opposition to nuclear tests. another underub security council resolution, authorizing further sanctions against kim ki-jong's government is in the works. but previous resolutions have been ineffective at stopping north korea's nuclear program. scott heidler, al jazeera, seoul. the victims of a series of sexual assaults in colon are taking protests. >> i thought if we stayed here
they could kill us. i thought we simply have to accept this. there was no one around to help us, or was in a position to help. all i wanted tz was to get out. >> translator: i tried to somehow defend myself. i tossed my arm backwards, because of that, i almost fell down the stairs. there was so many people that i no longer was in control of myself. >> translator: they felt like they were in power, and that they could do anything with the woman who were out in the streets partying. they touched us everywhere. it was truly terrible. a leek began in late october in california. here is jennifer london. >> reporter: this is what an environmental disaster looks like. a massive gas leak. down wind of the leak, 30,000 people living in the up scale
bedroom community of porter ranch, 28 miles north of downtown los angeles. >> it's impossible to go outside, we have to close all of the doors and windows. >> reporter: first came the smell. >> i thought i left the barbecue on. >> reporter: they say in the beginning the stench was annoying, then irritating, then sickening. >> our 3-year-old bella, he has had three sinus infections in the last two and a half months. our 10-year-old daughter is continuously coughing. leah has very bad migraines. >> reporter: the leak is coming from a blown well. first detected on october 23rd, the leak has continued to release methane for the past nine weeks. that's enough to equal the carbon footprint of 300,000 cars on the road for one year. since the leak began other
residents have complained about headaches, nose bleeds and breathing problems. thousands have been force interested in their homes. thousands of others are on a relocation waiting list. if you drive through the ranch, it looks more like a ghost town than a vibrant community celebrating the holidays. there are so many residents in need of assistance, a resource center is now open. >> there is a line out of the community center every day, some 300 people waiting for answers. >> reporter: porter ranch is in this man's district. >> how does something like this happen in today's environment? in today's environment where we have technology where we can monitor these kinds of situations. why are the regulatory teeth not there? >> reporter: are you able to get
answers to these questions? >> no, i'm not. >> reporter: the gas company says it is working as fast as possible to stop the leak. but with no safety shutoff valve, drilling a relief well is the only option. residents say they need help now. the city of l.a. has filed suit against the gas company for the handling of the leak. the state says it is launching an investigation into the cause of the leak. but for thousands of families that does little to help them breathe easier. jennifer london, al jazeera, porter ranch, california. lots more still to come for you here, including how hong kong's new food trucks could drive other street venders out of business. and a frig that tells you when to stock up. and in sports news, anthony
♪ welcome back, you are watching the al jazeera news hour. top stories today. the u.n. says the syrian government has agreed to give them access to the bah sieged town of madyia. it has been besieged by government forces since july. a man armed with a knife has been shot dead after trying to attack a police station in paris. french police say they are treating it as a potential terrorist incident. 65 police recruits have been killed following an attack on a training center in libya. a truck bomb hit the site in a coastal town. witnesses say civilians are among the casualties. let's get more on the main news so far today. fighting forcing millions of syrians to leave their homes. many, of course, have been internally displaced while
others fled to neighboring countries in the region. katherine malone is in lebanon for us. sue turton is in a camp in turkey's southern city, and also first to mohammed jamjoom at a camp set up for yazidis refugees. >> reporter: it is bitterly cold here. now this camp houses yazidis internally displaced people from neighboring sinjar. they fled when isil took over sinjar in august of 2014. it's very cold here. the rains have rendered the roads around and in the camp a muddy nightmare, hard to drive through, even harder to walk through, and one of the bitter, you know, real bitter truths that is the yazidis have to live with is sinjar was taken away from isil control in november, two months ago, and yet these
folks can't go back, and one of the reasons they can't go back, security forces won't allow them, because the town that they would go to is completely destroyed. there is no truc truck -- infrastructure. they fear there are booby traps that they would have to face. even though most of these people would like to go home, they are not in a situation where they can do so, and all of the refugees -- well the internally displaced we have spoken to today have told us they would like to go back, and they would like to know when the iraqi army will render it safe enough to turn. >> reporter: the weather is turning at the moment actually. they had snow over the last week, but it has smelled, but you can see the rain is coming down quite heavy now.
these people do have hard shelters. the continuers have one room, a living room area, kitchen area, and bathroom area. talking to some of the guys here, the kids, they have never known syria not at war. they have grown up here. in fact 1500 babies were born here. it really is an established city, not just a refugee camp. and they don't understand why they have to be away from the place they grew up in. >> reporter: part of the biggest challenge for the u.n. is getting enough funding to help people living in makeshift refugee camps like this one. they made an appeal for $2.48 billion at the beginning of the year, 2016 to help people, but they only got half of the funding they needed for 2015. they used that funding to
basically share with the families living in these refugee camps. the families have things like this water well that they can use for cleaning. it's not safe for drinking, but they can use it for cleaning. this is how people are able to cook and survive. they also use it to keep warm in the winter. it's a way of getting the temperatures up when the winter storms begin. we have had a little bit of snow here already and more is predicted for the next week or two. there will be rain and another snow storm, and that's why the plastic sheeting on these tents very important. it does keep the tent somewhat waterproof, incredibly important to keep home inside your temporary home. this is how people are living. you can see the stove in the middle of the room, and some blankets as well. just an example of the kind of conditions that people are
living in. another concern people have is getting their kids to school. we have spoken to quite a few kids around the refugee camp. many others are not getting to school, so a lot of the kids are, you know, running around here throughout the day and not able to even get an education, and wearing, you know, very basic clothes, and as the temperatures are dropping and winter sets in, that's difficult to see. >> reporter: the turkish authorities have raided a workshop, and seized more than 1200 fake life jackets. the life jackets were made of material that doesn't float but becomes heavy and causes the wearer to sink. iran as accused saudi arabia of deliberately striking a building in yemen. let's just get you right up to
date with that. joining us here in studio, if this is confirmed how significant is that? >> it mean there is an escalation in the rift between saudi arabia and iran. and it will be a serious new event in the already delicate situation between iran, and saudi arabia, and the gcc as a whole. >> if there is muscle flexing that takes them further down. >> of course, both actors are trying to blame the other on this escalation. the iranians are blaming the saudis, the saudis are blaming the iranians for the attacks to the saudi embassy, now the iranians have another excuse to blame the saudis for this escalation. so the fact that everybody is trying to get allies in their claim against the other, shows
the situation is getting much worse than ever before. even though this kind of situation happened in the '80s and '90s, between iran and saudi, but after the new conflicts in yemen and syria, deteriorati deteriorating situation in iraq, this is a new situation that we have to bear in mind for the coming weeks. >> the last conflict was in the late '80s. put what is happening at the moment for us into the context of that. comparing the two, how important is where we are today? >> all of this is in the middle of a much more delicate situation in the sectarian situation. all of the confrontations between saudi and iran are becoming more and more religiously oriented, even though both states are trying
to -- not to get into this situation. but even the -- this alliance that the saudis called a couple of weeks ago, most researchers were focusing that as an anti shiite alliance. so i think it's much more complicated now, because of this religious element or sectarian elements are contaminating this situation. >> the symbolism of today is not lost on anyone. but what does this tell us about the mind set? when it comes to the execution of the people, we reserve the right to keep ourselves safe. having said all of that the tehran government asking for calm after the saudi best in
tehran was set on fire. so what do we take from those two individual reactions. >> it's true the saudis are saying this is according to sharia law, but mainly this is because of the new terrorist law they issued in 2014, so all of these people who were executed are related to charges of terrorism that they were included in that law, and nimr was included into these accusations of terrorism. even though a lot of people say there were no real accusations or real proof that he was involved in military or violent actions. so this is on one side. on the other hand, the iranians of course, it was terrible the attack to -- to the embassy, and of course we should condemn that, but the [ inaudible ] and several ministers are saying they condemned the attack as well. i mean they condemned the attack in -- in -- in teheran, and they
are trying to prosecute those who attacked the embassy. you have two different perceptions. the saudis are saying we did what the law allows us to do, and on the iranian side, at least the president is saying this is against the law, so we should prosecute those who attacked the embassy. so i think the two positions if we are trying to see whether the two are trying to reduce tension, i see on the iranian side more tensions, or to avoid increasing tension between the two countries. >> many thanks. residents in oregon, have told the armed group who are occupying a building to go home. >> reporter: it was standing-room only for the first time since armed militia men occupied buildings in a wildlife refuge to force the federal government to turn over land to
local ranchers. those very same ranchers and their families met to figure out if they want this militia ben here or not. in the small town of burns, oregon, the local sheriff was clear. >> i'm here to ask those folks to go home. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: many agreed with the sheriff, saying the time is up. >> and we're in trouble if we don't tell these people to pack up their stuff and go home. [ applause ] >> reporter: but some ranchers are thankful the militias are bringing their attention to their fight with the government. >> these people down here at the refuge, i just came from there, and i talked to them, and they ain't hurting a damn thing down there. [ cheers and applause ] >> but they brought us all together. they are waking people up. so i think they are going to work this out. they are just making a statement
to wake us up. >> reporter: but with the militia men heavily armed, the thread of violence and bloodshed is not far off, so schools and government buildings in town have been shut down for safety reasons. with no end in sight to the standoff and deep divisions in the town, emotions sometimes boiled over. >> and my boots are shaking, but i proud of who i am. i'm proud to be a rancher, and i'm not going to let some other people be my face. i am me. [ cheers and applause ] >> this is my home! [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: the sheriff didn't have many answers, but after the nearly two-hour meeting ended, people milled about asking the same question, what next? nobody here had a clearance. many remain anxious and worried. it's clear these are people that are united for their love of their community, but also still
very divided on how to end the militia occupation, that everyone here says has gone on too long. gabriel elizondo, al jazeera, burns, oregon. refrigerators, mouse traps, and high-tech monocles are on display in las vegas. and some of the technologies have raised questions. >> reporter: the net of things, iot for short is the buzz word at ces, a world where nearly every aspect of every day life is computer controlled and connected. bosh showed off a cloud-connected refrigerator, that tells you when to stock up. >> what is the funny thing on the frig? >> there's a camera, so you can look up with your app the photograph on the inside of your
frig. >> reporter: from this display panel every device in the home can be remotely controlled. >> there is a statistic that right now we have about five connected devices in our home, and in five years we're going to have 500. think about that. everything will be connected. >> reporter: including the clothes on our backs. a canadian company takes a shirt with tiny sensors. >> we report everybody about your heart, your respiration. you have do not feel anything. you just wear the shirt. >> reporter: this company developed a high-tech monocles, for users to play games on the road. >> you can share the exact vision you see. in that is a new experience that [ inaudible ]. >> reporter: but some wonder,
will advanced technology fundamentally change humanity. >> we're moving in a direction where we're encapsulating the human species inside of technology. in the future you will see implantables, exso skeletons, what does it mean to be human in we have yet to answer this question. >> reporter: those are hard questions, but there are answers here for smaller ones too. remember the old proverb, build a better mouse trap and the world will beat a path to your door, one company did just that. >> when the mouse goes in, it detects the mouse between the two plates and then delivers enough current to quickly eliminate the mouse. i get a text message that tells me, hey, the garage just caught a mouse. >> reporter: somebody still has to do the yucky task of getting
that mouse out of there. >> that's correct. >> reporter: is that the next step? >> yeah. >> reporter: maybe humans are still necessary for some things after all. still to come here on the news hour for you, the sports news with andy, why no opponent was trying too hard to stop this particular hockey player. ♪
>> translator: hong kong is the birthplace of the food truck. ordinary restaurants don't cook like we do. >> reporter: but it is proving harder to keep alive. the number of stores is declining steadily. long hours toiling over pots is far less attractive to a younger generation. the government stopped issuing licenses decades ago, but it has relaxed the rules allowing store holders to pass them on to their extended families. that might help keep this hong kong tradition alive, but many people feel the government wouldn't mind a much smarter street food alternative. enter the food trucks. the government is planning to allow street trucks similar to the ones in the united states. >> translator: it's good for
western food, but hard to cook traditional chinese food from a van. >> reporter: but some say this promotes foreign food instead of hong kong cuisine. many say they will try the trucks, but they add there is nothing wrong with the other method. >> we're not in a five-star hotel. we accept that. >> reporter: for many, it still offers the food of comfort in these fast-changing times. all right. time to find out who that hockey player was, andy. >> that is coming up shortly. before that athletics world governing body has liven life bans to three high-ranking officials. former russian athletic's boss is amongst those banned by the commission. it is in relation to the case of
a runner who it is claimed was extorted out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to avoid a doping ban. lee this exposes corruption at a very high level. >> very interesting in the line of this extensive report, where it says there's no need here for any hyperbolic exaggeration. what they are saying is you really have to take in just how serious this is. and what a crime has been committed here. because you have here, the head of the national federation in russia, the senior coach of a major national team, conspiring with someone senior at the world governing body to cover up doping, allegedly through blackmail at some point with an athlete. i mean could it get more serious than that?
people obviously -- the president wants people around the world who love athletics to be able to trust in this sport again. coe says there is going to be more pain to come for his organization to come no doubt. >> the scale could get even bigger next week? >> there will undoubtedly be more revelations when the world anti-doping agency do part two of their report. they do that in munich, al jazeera will be there of course. i think it will be nervous times for nations like kenya, where there is suspicion in the doping amongst long-distance athletes. there have been plenty of allegations that they have had to investigate. but the spotlight will be turned
firmly on the world governing body itself. and the thought that the corruption has been covered up. coe was the vice president when so much of this was happening. it is going to be hugely uncomfortable for him. last time it was allegations of state-sponsored doping from russia. >> lee wellings in london. thank you. barcelona coach has accused the match officials of losing control of its team's spanish cup match. two goals held them to a 4-1 win. germany saw two espanol players sent off during the second half. >> translator: boundaries are not set by coaches nor by
players. they are set by referees. they are in charge of keeping this football. therefore, anyone can make their own conclusions. i have enjoyed the match. there has been intensity and tension from both teams. jason day is close to the top of the golfing world, but vertigo could effect his future. he has now admitted he also dealt with the symptoms during the opening championship at st. andrews. >> i was a little dizzy that day, and it happened the saturday of -- of the championship, and i just kept my mouth shut about it, because i knew it would open up another can of worms and i didn't want to talk about it. but since then i have been fine. i have been very -- i have been making sure that i have been trying to stay on top of it. and you can't really control it.
the chicago blackhawks got their fifth straight win against the pittsburgh page wins. the russian scored twice for the blackhawks. this check lead to something of a brawl between the two teams. no one, though, was squaring up to this man, russian president vladimir putin as he joined up with former stars in sochi for a training session. he was allowed to score a goal before heading off to pose for some photos. don't tackle the president. that is all of your sport for now. >> andy thanks very much. millions of orthodox christians arrange the world celebrating christmas. charles stratford now.
>> reporter: prayer chants like these have echoed in these churches for more than 1500 years. christians make up around 50% of ethiopias approximately 96 million people. they wear a white, almost transloot sent cotton shawl. the women, sit, stand, or lie on one side of the church, the men on the other. the littergy is sung and read from bibles written in an ancient language. worshippers have come here to this church for mass on the orthodox christmas eve. >> translator: i'm here to celebrate the birth of jesus christ. he was born to save us. >> reporter: the kingdom in the north of the country established christianity here in the 4th century. and the orthodox church still
today plays a pivotal role in the cultural identity of this nation. but of course, like celebrating christmas anywhere around the world, it's also about having fun. ♪ >> reporter: christmas revellers have gathered here by the thousands to dance, drink, and celebrate. one of the biggest nights of the year. these two have their photograph taken among models depicting the nativity. >> translator: we prefer christmas eve it's a lot of fun, but we will be celebrating christmas day with my parents. >> reporter: market store vendors like ali are doing a swift trade in christmas decorations and gifts. >> translator: today's market was really beautiful. the vibe was really cool. >> reporter: on christmas morning the streets are quiet, except for a few men selling sheep to be slaughtered for a
traditional christmas day lunch. this man supervises serving the family's christmas meal. it's a national dish served with different stews. >> translator: i thank god that at my age i can celebrate this special day with my children and grandchildren. this makes me so happy. >> reporter: a very special day for millions of orthodox christians in ethiopia and around the world. elsewhere, orthodox christians in russia celebrating christmas day with an icy plunge. in moscow, seals at the capitol took to the freezing waters for their annual swim. they braved icesy temperatures of minus 15 degrees celsius. much more news whenever you want to on the website, aljazeera.com. and you can fine me on twitter. david foster is next.
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