>> hello, i'm maryam nemazee. this is the news hour live from london. coming up in the next 60 minutes. turkey blames isil for a bomb attack on a tourist district that has killed 10 people. food reaching syria's starving, but medical help is desperately needed. the president who promised change in the united states actually delivered? barack obama prepares for his final state of the union address. and on the 40th anniversary of her death, a look at why
agatha christie remains the world's best selling author. >> we have the latest in authority including russia makes efforts to reform after a challenging--damaging doping scandal leads them far afield from the track and field. >> ten people are known to have died in a bomb blast in istanbul. the attack happened in an area known for historic monuments. it's popular with tourists, and eight of the dead are german. the explosion was so large that it was heard several kilometers away. they say that the suspected bo bomber was a syrian member of isil. security was on high alert after
attacks from isil including an event that lest more than 100 dead. [ sirens ] >> the heart of istanbul. many tourists come here to visit the mosque. >> it was a suicide-bomb, yes. i went there and saw it and came back to the hotel. it was chaos. everyone was running around. the police did not see this coming. they were upset but at the same time they were evacuating the area because they said a second bomb could go off. >> ten people are confirmed killed. eight of them german tourists and 15 more people of various nationalities are wounded. the bomber's nationality has not been confirmed. some suggest that he was syrian. others that he was saudi born.
the prime minister promised to unmask the bomber's. >> the perpetrators of this attack will be unveiled and they'll get the punishment that they deserve. i call on all humanity. we need to stand in global solidarity. we need to stand shoulder to shoulder in the face of install bull attacks like we did in the attacks in paris. >> some in turkey have been expecting attacks on turkish soil since the armed services launched their offensive. >> october at least 102 people mr. killed and a double suicide blast in ankara. the latest bombing was aimed as what would be regarded as a soft target and it was an attack designed to draw international attention. >> today it was istanbul. we've seen attacks in paris, copenhagen, tunis and many other
places. international terror chooses different places, but it's goal is always the same. our free life in our free society. terrorists are the enemy of all three people. yet, the enemies of all mankind whether in syria, turkey, france or germany. >> germany has established a crisis center in berlin to coordinate the response to the bombing. the full scale of which is still developing. but the overwhelming response in istanbul is shock. al jazeera, in istanbul, turkey. >> al jazeera is in istanbul. sue, what are we hearing about the suspect behind this attack? >> well, the authorities have just confirmed in the last few minutes the name, the name that has been widely used in turkey and his name i--he was born in
saudi arabia, the reason why they were quite quick to find out who the bomber was because he entered turkey across the border as a refugee illegally. but we're told by the authorities that he went to a police station in a region in istanbul to register as a refugee. when he registered there he gave them his fingerprints, and they were table oh eyes him from the body parts after he blew himself up. he's a man of syrian origin. a man who crossed illegally from syria, entered turkey, and who claimed he was a refugee. >> this is not the first high profile attack. there must be concerns about security in istanbul, particularly about right now?
>> yes, i think there is. turkey knows that they have to tighten up security. i think they also have to show that they're tightening up security. i think as far as the tourists are concerned they've already taken a blow from the various high profile attacks over the last 12 months. they really realized if they're going to pull those tourism numbers back up again they have to have confidence that the security has been taken seriously here. in the center of instant pull you can walk around this area quite freely. we weren't searched at all. we weren't checked for our identity coming into this center here today, but there must be a push to try to bring in more police, to try to do more patrol in the streets and to be seen tightening up. it means popular tourist places as we know germany has already warned that citizens who are in
istanbul who are in turkey, not to go to heavily populated places. yes, they're not tightening up, but they are thinking about tightening up. >> thank you very much live for us in istanbul. let's get more on this story i'm joined by a turkey analyst. thank you for coming in. is this a direct sustained campaign by isil ainst turkey? >> the attack definitely reflects a change or a shift in isis' strategy in turkey. previously we saw the group targeting a very particular set of targets in the country, namely the kurds and their political allies, we saw this in the pattern of attacks over the last couple of months. now throughout 2015 turkey has intensified it's crackdown inside the country and intensified the measures along
the border. for that reason isis probably contemplates that an eventually competition with turkey is inevitable. >> that appears what they're trying to do now. what are your initial thoughts on the attacker now? they believe he is a syrian member of isil. >> this is probably true. the government has identified who the person was. i think this is unlikely to have an refugee policy of turkey. because a lot of people have raised such concerns given how the attacker has registered as a refugee. >> right, we hear he was allowed entry actually quite recently. and that is a recent development, isn't it, there have been many years of people being able to cross the turkish syrian border quite freely and
quite easily. how difficult is it going to be for the turkish security to identify individuals who might be a threat and to prevent these types of attacks? >> this is the difficulty. turkey is unwilling to further it's open door policy for the refugees which is justified on the humanitarian grounds. but this raises the difficulty of identifying potential isil members amongst the people who are coming into the country, and the officials are going to have sirius difficulties in dealing with this. and this is why we think further such attacks are likely. >> in terms of the refugee status you have many refugee inside the country. but do they have status, or are they living, working, functioning under the radar of authorities in an unofficial capacity?
>> there is a certain portion of the refugees are registered, but given the high numbers we're talking about, more than two million in the country, both from syria and iraq only a small portion have been housed in the container facilities that have been built near the syrian border, the refugee camps, rather. this is resulted in lots of refugees going unnoticed into the country and escaping the in terms of unemployment, and refugee in more rural and going into a completely different environment. they have been doing a lot, and i believe they deserve some credit for their efforts. >> you say this attack is
unlikely to change their policies, but another significant part of erdogan's recent policy has been military operations against the kurds in the southeast of the country. is that going to continue to take priority over any sort of measures to combat isil? >> most probably. in fact, we cannot forget that this attack actually took place in an interesting developments inside syria, namely a push by the forces into territory controlled by isil along the border. now, turkey does not want this because the implication would be if successful the push would result in the continuous territorial strip along the board. and we're looking at the turkish
intervention against isil with the goal of pre-emptying turkish expansion into the area, and there by getting in there first, so to speak. >> thank you very much for joining us. there is much coming on the news hour. we go inside the death squads of one of central america's most dangerous countries. one of the u.k.'s biggest bank banks 2016 cataclysmic 2016 for the economy. and things are about to get worse for the president and vice president, we'll have all the details with farrah in sport. the "world health organization" has aasked for medical stems to assess the extent of malnutrition. they have described the suffering as the worse in the
country so far. on monday, a more successfully delivered to maday a and two other towns. they say there were many challenges for those sending aid to syria. >> it's been a long ongoing process. first of all, security threats has created security problems shifting front lines and imposed by all parties in the conflict. the other parties as well, too. and there has been a lot of access and a lot of negotiation to obtain the access that we need. what we call for, he estimate that the population of syria 4.5 million people are in what we term hard-to-reach, besieged
areas. our access to these people is very limited. we need sustained access to all these areas. >> in diayala 15 sunnies have been killed and a sunni mosque blown up in revenge for attacks on shias there on monday. at least 42 shias died and many were injured when a suicide-bomber blew himself up. a car bomb went off as people gathered at the site of the first plasmati. isil said that it carried out the twin attacks. meanwhile in baghdad rescue workers were searching through the rubble in a bombed out shopping center. 18 people mr. were killed, and isil said it carried out that attack. well, three palestinians have been shot dead in separate incidents. a 51-year-old was killed in bethlehem. they were looking for an alleged attacker when fighting broke out.
two other teenagers were shot dead in separate incidents. both accused attempted stabbings. 154 palestinians and 21 israelis have died since violence escalated in october. now in a few hours i'm the u.s. president will layout his plans for his final year in office in his last state of the union address. barack obama has promised the speech will not follow the usual script. >> i'm willing to take responsibility for our future and poster glit several times president obama has done this, address the senate congress, this last time it's all about legacy. his expected to focus mostly on his past accomplishments. >> presidents are often in this last year of their presidency looking to set a narrative about who they were, what they did, and how historians and really
the public should judge them for the rest of their lives. >> he'll be addressing members of congress, but he'll really be talking to the american people watching at home, trying to get them excited about the coming election, a final public push to get his party back in power. the white house released this preview online. >> it is what i want to focus on in this state of the union address. not just the remarkable progress we've made, not just what i want to get done in the year ahead, but what we all feed to do together in the years to come, the big things. >> this is a president that has had a very difficult relationship with congress. that was apparent at the beginning of the first term when he was heckled by a congressman. >> and in last year's address. >> i have more campaigns to run. my only agenda--i know because i
won both of them. white house will ask them to pass justice reform and the trans-pacific trade compact. and he's expected to warn them if they don't act on issues like closing the profit in guantanamo, cuba, he might on his own. this is a president defining his legacy with one year left looking to add a few more accomplishments with or without congress' help. patty culhane, al jazeera, washington. >> let's get more on this live. joining me is jason johnson at hyrum college in ohio. thank you very much for joining us. the long goodbye, the beginning of the end, what are you watching for from this speech? >> well, i think the president is going to be doing a sales job. but not so much for the 2016 candidates but for his own
legacy. his current approval ratings is what it's average is, and president obama wants to tell everyone this is what i said i was going to do in 2009, and this is what i've accomplished sense. this is going to be a laundry list more than a wish list. >> and is there anything in particular that you're watching for from that list? because it's been i guess a little bit of a mixed picture when it comes to obama's score sheet, his victories, his losses, and of course very divided congress and sort of increasingly polaroidly polar ized nature of u.s. politics. >> it's become almost impossible. we saw this last year in the state of the union of 2015. he said look, if you don't move on gun control, if congress does not move on gun control i will use executive orders and he did last month. he'll basically tell everyone in congress i know i'm a lame duck,
but if you think i'm not going to do anything, you're sorely mistaken. he'll layout ways how he's going to us executive orders, but without major changes, he knows that's not going to happen, and certainly not from this speech. >> you mentioned gun control and you mentioned executive orders. i guess many would argue that this is something that will have an minimal impact, it's impossible to get anything done on this issue despite the emotional nature of it for many americans and impossible to make any progress in the current political environment? >> yes, yes, and one of the things that will be key here the president is going to be speaking past congress. we already have plenty of polls in the united states, maryam, that shows that 90% of americans are in favor of universal background checks. it's congress that is holding up gun control, not the american people. the president will speak to the
american people and say look, i'm leaving. here is a chance to make the changes that you may want in the election of 2016. i think there will be a little by passing and making some of his legacy at the feet of the american people when they vote in november. >> another thing that was promised by problem was a draw down and exit of ira from afghanistan and iraq. >> yes, the president has not been able to end the war in iraq. end the wars in afghanistan or even really limit the united states' involvement in that part of the world, but i think in this speech--because i don't think this is going to change whether a democrat or republican is elected. he's going to be laying out the fact that, look, this is something that we have remain committed to. as we're committed to fighting isil we have to make sure that we're not demonizing muslim
americans. and we're not demonizing muslims anywhere. this is something that this president has been very adamant about in several state of the union speeches, and he'll be clear about it upon the. >> thank you very much professor jason johnson for giving us your insight on president obama's state of the union address. looking forward to it, thank you. >> thank you. >> just bringing you some breaking news now, the united states announcing two of its navy boats are in iranian custody. that's according to the associated press news agency. it's reporting the boats were between kuwait and bahrain. the crew will be returned promptly. the white house said it's working very hard to resolve the issue. we'll of course stay across this and bring you more information as it comes in to us. now in other stories we're following, the sister of the jailed saudi blogger has been sent to prison for running the twitter account of her husband,
who is also in jail. amnesty international said that the mother of two is being held in the central prison while her brother is serving ten years nor insults iran. her brother is also in prison serving 15 years for speaking out about human rights. central america is home to some of the most dangerous countries on earth. tiny el salvador is the most violent of all. it's seen a year of killing unparalleled since the day of its civil war. al jazeera's adam raney.
>> which are here to irradicate groups. we're here because he want to be here. we believe in a better el salvador. we have to hunt them down. >> they told us that they receive intelligence from members of the armed forces, he people they say want to save el salvador. we told the defense minister these claims. >> i can assure you there are members of the armed forces who are involved in death squads. >> salvador is so long accustomed to violence seems to grow more violent every day. dozens of people are shot and killed in this country of 6 million people. witnesses came this massacre was the work of a death squad. the victims were taken on january 2nd and hooded men claiming to be police at least one of the suspected gang
members was a minor. we just heard the report of another murder in el salvador in the capital. this young man shot down in broad daylight. more than 13 people were killed the other day. 165 killed in the first week of 2016. this country is the murder capital of the world. another day, another body. the death toll mounts to carry on. at the scene police as usual assume the victim, this time a 15-year-old street vendor was a member of a gang. victims dehumanize, criminalize without much to go on. politicians on the left and the right deny there are death squads. one congress than said last week there was no need to cry over dead criminals. a truce between gangs and authorities in 2016 briefly cut the number of murders in half, now increasingly people believe the only way to make the country safer is more killing.
>> it's very difficult for someone like that to do a 9-5 job. they're not going to change their mentality. the only way is to eliminate them. >> a dark message from a committed kill center a country that every day is falling deeper into violence. adam raney, al jazeera, san salvador. >> more on our breaking news story. the united states announcing two of its navy boats are in iranian custody. let's speak more with ross lipped jordan. she joins us live from washington, d.c. ros, what more are you hearing? >> maryam, what we're here something that apparently there were two small navy craft that was transiting kuwait when picked up by iranian sailors. it's the understanding that members of the u.s. navy will be returned to the u.s. custody as
soon as possible, but we don't know when that will be. we also understand that the white house says that it is also working as quickly as it can to try to get these sailors returned to the u.s. navy. of course the harry s. truman, the aircraft career and a number of sorted shifts are in the gulf for operations. they're providing support for coalition airstrikes against isil in both iraq and in syria, and they're also doing normal security patrolling. but as of right now the pentagon is saying that these persons, these sailors, will be returned to u.s. custody. we just don't know exactly when. >> and ros, this comes as a very interesting time. there have been tensions in this area between the u.s. and iranian ships in the past. i suppose this comes at a time when if anything the relationship is a little bit
better between the u.s. and iran with both countries looking forward to the nuclear deal coming into force. on the other hand the u.s. has been trying to--has been placing heightened tensions with its gulf allies, reassuring them that improving relations with them does not jeopardize their relationship. >> that's right. it is a very complicated indication. first let's take a look at the situation between the u.s. and iran. there has been in the past couple of days a bit of tension, as it were, because as the harry s. truman and it's affiliated ships were coming through the straits of hormuse there were a number of iranian aircraft firing missiles from their craft. we have obtained video of this missile firing. even though the missiles were
aimed away from the direction that the u.s. ships were traveling in, it was a provocative situation, and the pentagon was not happy about it. this happened in the last two to three days. there is concern because at least when it comes to dealing with iran's nuclear program, there is still this tension, this military tension between the two countries in the gulf. of course, as you noted, maryam, there are noted countries in the gulf that are concerned about the u.s.' seeming growing closeness to iran. although officials in washington state that isn't the case because they say that iran is still a state-sponsor of terror, they're nowhere near considering anything such as trying to normalize relations, but the fact that this nuclear deal was achieved does have saudi arabia and other members of the gcc
>> welcome back. you're watching the al jazeera news hour. let's take you to the top stories. the turkish government has identified the bomber as a syrian national. most of those killed were germans. asking the syrian government to send mobile clinics and medical teams to assess the medical situation in madaya. and in the west bank the latest wave of violence.
one of u.k.'s biggest banks has made a grim prediction about the health of the world economy this year. it has warned investors of a cataclysmic 2016 where stocks could fall by 20%. in a note to its clients they have warned that the situation is similar to 2008 before the collapse of lehmann brothers sparked the financial crisis. in 2008 a barrel of oil cost $147. now they predict oil will fall to $16 a barrel. bp has cut jobs worldwide. they said redundancy of jobs will happen over the next two years. shell and cheveron have shed tens of thousands of jobs
globally. saudi economist said that the middle east is not to blame for excessive oil production. >> the main producers are the u.s. uss r and saudi arabia. the u.s. and ussr have much higher costs, much higher costs and basically it is increased u.s. production that is causing the current glut. it is not saudi production or the opec production. it is the u.s. production that has caused the oversupply. >> with me is an analyst with the online exchange broker. thank you for joining us. to use the word cataclysmic, would you go as far as that? >> no, i think they've sensationalized this a little bit. i think it will be a ride this year. i think the markets could fall 10% to maybe even as far as 20% if things deteriorate. but to compare it to 2008, and
to use words cataclysmic, that is going over the top. >> what will china, is it going to be a hard landing for china? are we looking at a growth of 2% or less? >> i don't think so. i guess it depends on whether you think that the official figures from the country. >> most people don't. >> people think that it has grown 3%, so if it false to 2%, it won't be the end of the world if the 3% figures are to be believed. they're not as hively leveraged as many aspects as in the u.s. were i think the economy itself is growing at a much faster pace. i think there is mechanisms in place in china in order to with stand, for example, fiscal funding that is still available. the levels are quite as high. they're able to absorb the shocks. there are going to be issues with china. but i think they do have the
mechanisms in place to absorb any major shocks. >> will the impact be on the developed world for any problems in china? >> we live in a very inter connected world. any impact in china, if we do see a slow down or a recession, this could have a significant impact on the rest of the world. this is the second largest economy. many of the developed markets rely on china for trade, i think it would have a sizable compact, but to call it cataclysmic or 2008-style situation is sensationalized. >> can i ask you about oil pri prices. we have just reported two u.s. navy boats in iranian custody. iran said that the crew will be returned promptly and it looks like it will be resolved.
but usually in times of tension in the middle east oil prices will rise. if anything, we're expecting oil prices will keep on falling. are you anticipating that production is going to increase in the middle east as part of those tensions? >> well, i think geopolitical tensions is something that tends to raise oil prices but a few things that are overshadowing these geopolitical tensions, we've seen many tensions in the last 18 months which would ordinarily support our prices but they've continued to decli decline. >> do you think it will get even worse, though, as the country's tension continues, and they try to outdo each other? >> if iran continues market, opec has continued to pump out record levels of crud. in th--levels of crude.
really, the oversupply is going to remain throughout this year. the other problem is falling to demand in china. the strength of the u.s. dollar. there are so many factors feeding into lower oil prices that geopolitical issues really don't get a word in edge wise, i guess. >> thank you very much, craig, we appreciate it. >> thank you. >> now californian regulators have rejected volkswagen's plans to fix cars that were fitted with software that allowed them to cheat on emissions test. they said that they fell far short of the legal requirements. it's thought 600,000 vehicles in the u.s. and 11 million worldwide are affected. let's get more live from washington, d.c. al jazeera's. >> no relief for vw? >> no, this relates to a
proposal submitted in december for recall of the two-liter diesel models that have that so-called defeat device installed. sunday the ceo of volkswagen seemed to be upbeat and confident and said that everyone is doing well. it's a great proposal and it would be accepted. it wouldn't be further from the truth. it was not just the california regulators but the entire environmental protection who said that volkswagen has not submitted a acceptable recall plan. but it went much further. it was almost like a teacher saying quote, the proposed plans contain gaps of detail. lack of technical evaluation. it's incredibly, incredibly hiding of volkswagen. saying how dare you even send us this incomplete document.
. >> as you say the language from california is pretty strong here. is there a feeling that v "w" is being made an example of? how could this effect other car makers possibly? >> that might be the case, or it might be a very poor document. volkswagen has been handling, at least the p.r. of this, pretty badly. the ceo from detroit has not been helping much. on sunday he gave an interview here in the u.s. where he suggested there was no wrongdoing on volkswagen's part. it was just a technical part. clearly there was i don't think wrongdoing and we need to apologize. in the meeting we have the department of justice suit against volkswagen which might lead to $48 billion in damages against vw. we're hearing from state pursuig these cases as far as they're concerned volkswagen is not
cooperating with them. there are all the private lawsuits under way in the u.s. meanwhile, volkswagen sales are dipping in the u.s. we just got the figures that their sales were down 5%. that's a bit of contest in a rise of 6% in all u.s. sales. yes, clearly it's worth making example that companies would do this again. but it would appear that volkswagen has not done a very good job in managing this 37. >> thank you very much. washington, d.c. move to go myanmar now, pro democracicy leader has met rebel leaders. but not all the rebel leaders were there. >> this is one of the final acts of the outgoing military-backed government. the capital of myanmar is hosting the union peace conference. five days of talks between the government and armed rebel groups.
>> the eight groups represented are the same one that is signed in october what the government called a nationwide cease-fire deal. in reality it was anything but nationwide with some of the largest groups boycotting the signing and this week's conference. they were unhappy that some of the smaller rebels were not invited to sign the deal and that fighting is continued in some areas. the army to the north have been fighting for independence and greater autonomy. the talks are aimed at developing a road map to a federal political system. the leader for the democracy party will oversee these processes in the near future but will not necessarily control it.
>> it's right to do what people want us to do. we're ready to take the responsibility for building for peace. i hope everybody will help us. >> the group she really needs help from is the army. it's commanders will remain a powerful political force even after the parliament convenes on february 1st. there is a deep mistrust of the military in rebel-held areas, and they may be keen to exert their power for some time yet. >> an appeal against a militar military-pact between the united states and philippines has been thrown out. hthe ties are seen as important because of escalating regional tensions over disputed islands and the south china sea.
violence has displaced more than a million children in the past six years. the armed group has targeted schools robbing many of an education. so now the government is setting up mobile classrooms. >> today they're attending school. like everyone in his class he fled from his village after boko haram attacked and occupied it. the armed group--no one go to school. if anybody disobeys the result is death. now we get food and an education. >> they're providing mobile classrooms like these to help chin displaced by the violence catch up on their education.
yes. >> we have the established mobile teaching. >> but even with these classes running in the morning and afternoon the facilities in the camp are simply not enough. as many as 70 of children attended school before the boko haram violence. than began to increase over the last six years after two million people have been displaced. most schools have been destroyed and hundreds of teachers killed. although the mobile classrooms may not be enough they offer children a new start. little salma has been around
violence since she was born. the noble classrooms are giving her a chance to chase her dream. something that 11 million other nigerian children aren't able to do. al jazeera, nigeria. >> now, venezuela's supreme court has ruled all actions are void until three banned applications are removed. they all belong to the coalition which defeated the ruling socialist party after 17 years in power. if the disputed politicians are unseated, they would lose their civil majority and increased powers that it brings. socialist party claims voting irregularities during last month's election. just returning to our developing story. the u.s. naval vessel in iranian custody, routers is reporting
that secretary of state john kerry has been in touch with his iranian counterpart to discuss what is going on here. they say that the iranian foreign minister has assured john kerry that the sailors will be allowed to carry on with their journey. two u.s. boats have been taken into iranian custody while sailing from kuwait to bahrain. conversation taking place between the secretary of state and the iranian foreign minister regarding this matter. there is more to come for you from al jazeera. on the 40th anniversary of her death, why agatha christie remains the world's best selling author. and battling out for a spot at the rio olympics.
royalties. nea ve marker, al jazeera. >> time with your sport with farrah. >> thank you so much. russia is trying to reform after it's doping scandal resulted with a ban from the rio games according to the head of the iaaf task force set up to determine if the country should be able to participate in global track and field events. suspending russia from international competition in november. the iaaf has been meeting with russian officials in moscow. >> we have a very frank and open discussions with the russian olympic committee with the russian task force.
>> well, a bad night for manchester united in the english premier league. they draw a goal to make it 3-3 against new england. fifa suspended president and vice president sepp blatter and michel platini are at risk of receiving life bans from fable. they would have th the appeal to have their eight year-ban
released. both deny any wrongdoing. not all is lost for blatter . >> sepp blatter is the banned president, so he cannot attend in an official function. most of the me sue yes, ma'am is open, he buys a ticket he can attend as a normal president. >> spots has been battled over in the asian under-23 championships in qatar. the tomorrow teams will qualify. the host got off to a good start beating china.
earlier syrian group two second half goals were enough to seal the win. number two suffered an injury scare with less than a week ago. she recovered to take the match and she'll move up to the quarterfinals in sydney. >> it is difficult to play today, my first match of the year. so i'll just have to go in and do everything that i could. you know, it's coming. it's going. so i have to be patient and to be focused for what i have to do on the court. >> the toronto raptors face the orlando magicking on thursday. the game sold out in less than
an hour. the raptors are currently second in the eastern conference. they won their last three games in a row. thursday's match is the sixth regular-season game to be played in the capital. >> we come over here. it's a business trip, but we enjoy it. you bring your friends and family here and it's business, but we still have a little bit of fun. we prepare for the game, enjoy while we're here and take it all in. winning stage nine, the sp spaniard has the seven-minute advantage. following the loop stage cut short due to the soaring temperatures of nearly 40 degrees. the challenge of nine-time world rally champion appears to be
over. his peugeot got stuck in the do you knows and reached the finishing line more than one hour behind. now it's back to maryam in london. >> well, you can find much more on everything that we're covering on our website. that's www.aljazeera.com. of course, our top story, the attack in istanbul, the turkish government have linked that to a member of isil. they say that isil is behind that attack. we'll bring you the latest on tensions between the u.s. and iran in the gulf. this after two u.s. navy boats were taken into iranian custody. we understand that u.s. secretary of state john kerry has spoken with the iranian foreign minister about this, and he was assured that the u.s. sailors will be released. we'll have a full bulletin of
>> a diplomatic row insues as two u.s. navy boats are in the gulf. hello, i'm maryam nemazee. this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up, turkey blames isil for a bomb attack on a busy instal istanbul attack that killed several people. has the president who promised change in the united states finly